Irish name : Foracha
Bird Family: Auks
Pictures taken at Loop Head and well worth heading to Loop Head with your binoculars during the breeding season and you will have an experience you will not forget.
This is a resident ,though occur inshore/ land during the breeding season,March/April to August/September .
They are the commonest species of Auk in Ireland and are only found on land in the breeding season. They are easily confused with the Razorbill however the Guillemot has a longer body ,browner upperparts with less white on the side of the body and a lighter bill.
They eat mainly small fish caught by surface diving.
Comes ashore from May onwards ,colonies deserted by the first week in August.Nests on cliff ledges ,often in large colonies,defends the smallest nest territory,sometimes only 5cm square.Restricted to cliffs with suitable ledges. Lays eggs directly on rock.
They winter at sea. Some Irish birds are believed to winter near their breeding sites.
Guillemots at Loop Head. Photo curtesy Robert Brown