Little tern swoops in to break the record

A feathered friend who landed on the Farne Islands this week has flown into the record books – by becoming the earliest of its kind to arrive on the seabird colony.

The migrant bird was seen to roost on Knoxes Reef on Tuesday, beating the previous record of April 22, which was set in 2011, by eight days.

The exciting news was revealed in a series of tweets which were posted by @NTFarneIslands yesterday.

One message described the little tern as being ‘very early’, before a follow-up post confirmed it was a record-breaker.

Meanwhile, the first swallow and blackcap to arrive on the island this year landed yesterday.

The Farne Islands are described as possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin. It’s also home to a grey-seal colony.