Spring has certainly sprung on the May today! After a clear, cold night we had frost first thing but that soon disappeared and it turned out to be a beautiful spring day! With Rock Pipits singing, Eiders cooing and rabbits doing what they do best, it certainly felt as if the island was buzzing with the sounds and sights of the summer to come.
The sunshine also brought out many Small Tortoiseshell butterflies with over 20 present on the island, a good count for early spring. The moth trap was also run for the first time last night with two Hebrew Characters trapped, getting the ball rolling on what will hopefully be another good year for moths and butterflies.
The Puffins are back in force after a couple of days with very few on the land and many have been seen collecting grass for fresh nest material. These are the last preparations before breeding and spring cleaning will soon give way to mating and incubation. The Puffins will lay just a single egg and after around fourty days of care and attention, a Puffling is born. (Yes, that is the correct name for a baby Puffin.)
It has been quiet on the migrant front but have had a few new arrivals today with Blackbird and Goldcrest using the island as a fuel stop before carrying on to more northerly breeding grounds. As the month progresses, we will be on the lookout for more unusual visitors, as spring migration can bring about some great surprises!