Shag Eggs!

Shag pair on the Isle of May

Shag pair on the Isle of May

Proudly sitting on an egg

Proudly sitting on an egg

Thursday 19th March comments: It’s kicked off; the Seabird season of 2015 has officially begun! Today we discovered our first Shag eggs as at least two females were incubating their first eggs of the season. The recent mild weather has without doubt encouraged the early start as it is almost one week earlier than last year and a full four weeks earlier than 2013.

It’s a good start and with Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills returning to ‘May’ Waters, it’s starting to feel a bit more like a seabird island (the smell has yet to come). However one Shag egg doesn’t make a summer as it’ll still be a month or so before we are in full swing, but we’re not complaining.

On the migration front, things are starting to improve with the first Chiffchaff of the year being followed by a handful of Goldcrest, two Woodcock, Snow Bunting and a lingering Buzzard (scarce visitor on here). It’s never dull…

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