Puffins at Bullers of Buchan

Last October myself and Emma took a drive to Bullers of Buchan which is just north of Aberdeen, and learned that this was actually a good spot to see puffins when they are nesting, however, with it being October, we were a little out of season.

In the post I wrote back in October, which you can check out here, we said we’d be back, and that’s exactly what we done last Sunday.

We headed out to the car park which is just off the main road near Bullers of Buchan, and made our way down to the collapsed sea cave and surrounding area. As we neared, the noise from the birds was crazy, and there were literally thousands of them nesting all around.



We spent some time wandering around the top of the sea cave, making sure we were scouring the walls of the cave to see if we could spot any puffins. I think we probably spent around an hour and a half looking, but sadly couldn’t see any.



There was one last spot we wanted to check out though, so we headed back in the direction of the path to the car park, and headed up and round to the right where there is a path which leads around the side of the cliff. Plenty more birds were nesting around here also, but sadly, there were no signs of any puffins…




Just as we were getting ready to leave, I caught a glimpse of some orange on a bird flying off the side of the cliff, and rightly so… a PUFFIN! We waited for a few minutes to see if it returned to the same spot, and we were in luck as two appeared back to the exact same spot on the side of the cliff.


There were a little far away so we spent some time trying to get a couple decent images of them, and then we headed back home. We’ll be back next month though when hopefully more have arrived, so be prepared for a post filled with puffins!

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