Seabird City

Adult Shag with 'super' crest

Adult Shag with ‘super’ crest

Soon the west cliffs of the 'May' will be full of seabirds

Soon the west cliffs of the ‘May’ will be full of seabirds

By the end of March thousands of Guillemots will be back

By the end of March thousands of Guillemots will be back

...and look out for 'bridled' Guillemots

…and look out for ‘bridled’ Guillemots

Tuesday 3rd March comments: We are now into March and soon it’ll be all change on the Isle of May because the seabirds are coming! The month of March can be unsettled (we’ve had snow in Fife today!) but once the weather settles towards the end of the month we’ll expect a few changes…

Shags: Birds will return to the cliff tops to start courtship displays and nest building (check out the birds ‘crest’ at this time of year – very impressive!).

Guillemots and Razorbills: Good numbers will be returning to the Isle of May waters at the end of month although will not settle to nest until mid-April (keep your eyes open for ‘bridled’ Guillemots).

Puffins: the first few returnees will hopefully be sighted by the end of March although it’ll be early April before vast numbers are back and ready to nest.

Grey Seals: Present in good numbers at this time of year as its moulting season so animals will be hauled out onto the rocks.

Terns: Still winging their way north and won’t be with us until end of April (they have more common sense and stay away for the winter!)

So what are you waiting for? The breeding season will be back with us once again and why not join us and visit the spectacular Isle of May, the hidden gem in the Firth of Forth? You won’t be disappointed.

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