The last few days has seen the May shrouded in warm, sunny weather and this means the visitor boats have been full of people coming to see the amazing seabirds in full breeding action. After days of frantic nest building we have our first Kittiwake egg so in the next week or so the cliffs will be full of caring adults incubating eggs in a small bowl on precarious ledges on the cliffs. It will be another 25-30 days before the eggs hatch and there are hungry mouths to feed.
This means we are just waiting for the terns to lay their eggs and all the breeding seabirds are on their way to becoming proud parents. The number of terns is increasing daily and they’re busy making scrapes, hopefully in the next week or so they will begin to lay. Keep checking the blog and we will bring all the news of how these incredible seabirds are faring.
Finding nesting sites
The May has also had its first Eider ducklings, with a several females taking her offspring down to water where they can feed up and the ducklings can learn how to swim, dive and generally find out what it is like being an Eider. All that sitting tight for weeks on end has paid off!
Mother and four ducklings on the Loch
The summer is really upon us now so why not come out and see the jewel of the Forth in all its glory!
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