Seabird Saturday

Shag on nest (have been on eggs for almost three weeks)

Shag on nest (have been on eggs for almost three weeks)

Displaying pair of Shags on the Isle of May

Displaying pair of Shags on the Isle of May

Keep to the paths! Our Red Grouse friend remains...

Keep to the paths! Our Red Grouse friend remains…

The west cliffs never disappoint!

The west cliffs never disappoint!

Saturday 11th April comments: It’s been a fabulous week with settled weather and glorious sunshine and the birds haven’t disappointed either (it was so nice we were considering the suntan lotion!). The seabirds remain unsettled as the auks (including vast numbers of Puffins) are still coming and going on a daily basis but it won’t be long before they’ll settle for the summer.

A reasonable number of Shags remain on eggs (the first eggs were discovered almost three weeks ago) although the species is notorious for having a protracted breeding season so expect birds to be still laying next month! Eider ducks continue to prospect for suitable nests whilst Pied Wagtails and Rock Pipits have started nest building.

The number of migrant birds passing through the ‘May’ continues to impress with more finches, Pipits and warblers recorded with the pick of the bunch being a male Ring Ouzel. However these have been all eclipsed by our ‘resident’ Red Grouse which still remains on its island home…

If anyone is interesting in visiting tomorrow (Sunday) the weather is due to ease and the boat will sail from Anstruther at 11:15, so come and pay us a visit!

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