Feet Please

Watch your feet! Female Eider nesting on Palpitation Brae

Watch your feet! Female Eider nesting on Palpitation Brae

Nesting everywhere...have you spotted her? (bottom left corner of photograph)

Nesting everywhere…have you spotted her? (bottom right of photograph)

Eiders galore...almost 1,000 pairs nest on the May

Eiders galore…almost 1,000 pairs nest on the May

Bath time on the Loch for a stunning drake Eider

Bath time on the Loch for a stunning drake Eider

Saturday 2nd May comments: So welcome to the month of May on the May (!) as the breeding season is well and truly upon us. Over the last week or so good numbers of Eiders have started settling down on nests and these splendid ducks are nesting everywhere; on stone walls, footpaths and even the main road (well its a tarmac road and not the M1).

Its been a busy period as the drakes are still displaying to those females waiting to nest whilst those which have come on land, are now settling on eggs. Over the next few weeks we expect many more to follow as almost 1,000 females nest on the island and its great watch the daily coming-and-goings  but if you visit, please watch your feet!

With the Kittiwakes inactive at the moment, Fulmars waiting until mid-month and the terns yet to arrive in any serious numbers, we’ve still got plenty more action to bring you so still tuned (or at least click on the blog for more news!). The month of May can be very exciting in a Seabird colony…

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