The puffin is a true bird of the sea, coming ashore only to nest. They nest in
burrows, usuallly on inaccessible cliffs, often taking over disused rabbit
burrows. Their striking bills
become even more colourful in the breeding season, which has earned them the
affectionate (though scientifically inaccurate) name "sea parrot". When feeding
their young thay are often seen with a row of sand eels or sprats neatly packed
in their bills.
Oscar J. Merne (National Parks and Wildlife Service in the
An Post booklet on Birds of Ireland stamps.
|Storm Petrel - More||5,177 pairs|
|Manx Shearwater||6,329 pairs|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||139 pairs|
|Great Black-backed Gull||72 pairs|
|Figures per NPWS website for the Seabird Survey 2000 except 1982 figures for Guillemots and Kittiwakes. These numbers indicate the presence of and population size of breeding birds.|