PUFFIN (Fratercula arctica)
The colourful Puffin seen around the Scottish coast is the Atlantic Puffin and belongs to the Auk family. They spend much of the time at sea returning to Scotland’s coast in the summer to breed. Known as “sea parotts” or “clowns of the sea” the Puffin arrive at colonies for breeding from around beginning of April to end of July.
Nesting takes place in burrows, where usually a single egg is laid. The young are fed mainly sand eels prior to leaving the burrow towards the end of July. Puffins can be seen in many locations around the Scottish coast and Islands. More information on where to see these colourful birds can be found here.