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The Isle of May is in Scotland.


The Isle of May is one of the best places

in the UK to see the Puffin.


Puffins mate for life and always return to the same nest, where they will raise just one

charmingly named puffling a year.


How they locate their nest year after year is mind-boggling – maybe that accounts for the anxious looks on their faces.


They find a life partner at the age of five and can live well into their 30s, which means they are more successful

at relationships than most human couples.


Designated paths lead visitors all over the isle,

a sort of mini Jurassic Park

alive with rabbits, eider ducks and,

on rocky outcrops around every corner,

its rainbow beak pointing into the prevailing wind,

the inimitable puffin –

a bird unparalleled in its ability to cheer a weary soul.

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Hello Jack,<br /> I did grow up in New England. I did get to see Puffins in Maine. Cute little birds. They seem to be happy, or I thought because of the color on the beak. Did not know they would mate for life. But for a life span of 30+ years...maybe that is long enough for humans in a lot of cases.<br /> <br /> Have a great day!<br /> <br /> Trish
thank you