March May

Razorbill on the cliffs with Bass Rock in the background

Razorbill on the cliffs with Bass Rock in the background

Seabird city starting to build...the May west cliffs

Seabird city starting to build…the May west cliffs

Guillemots returning in good numbers

Guillemots returning in good numbers

Low Lighthouse (the Bird Observatory)

Low Lighthouse (the Bird Observatory)

Thursday 26th March comments: It’s been a stunning few days out on the ‘May’ as mild weather continues to dominate (it felt more like mid-May than mid-March!) but we all know how quickly it can change…a light easterly wind swept in on Wednesday evening reminding us all that winter hasn’t gone just yet.

On the ‘May’ the seabirds have continued to respond to the mild conditions as huge numbers of Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills are present whilst the early nest Shags are coping well. We are still some way off a full breeding contingent but it feels like we are getting closer to a full set (the terns don’t return until late April).

A small number of migrants continue to filter through with Stonechat, Chiffchaff and Wheatear the highlight of recent days. For those interested, remember we open our doors to the public on 1st April so come along and see what the ‘Jewel of the Forth’ is all about. You’ll not be disappointed!

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