Kitts Awake!

Stunning kittiwake; now on eggs!

Stunning kittiwake; now on eggs!

Puffins galore having been to sea for the last few days avoiding the bad weather

Puffins galore having been to sea for the last few days avoiding the bad weather

Not exactly cute! Two Shag chicks in a May nest (Carrie Gunn)

Not exactly cute! Two Shag chicks in a May nest (Carrie Gunn)

Proud Shag mother with chicks (Carrie Gunn)

Proud Shag mother with chicks (Carrie Gunn)

Up to 40 Arctic Terns now back and displaying over the island

Up to 40 Arctic Terns now back and displaying over the island

Is that a Puffin? Its not all about seabirds on the May...

Is that a Puffin? Its not all about seabirds on the May…

Tuesday 7th May comments: As each day passes something new or exciting changes and yesterday (6th May) we celebrated the news that Kittiwakes are now on eggs. It’s the next in line of our egg laying seabirds and we don’t have many more to lay; Fulmars and Arctic Terns in the next week or so.

In other seabird news:

  • Arctic Terns have returned and vocal aerial displays have commenced over the breeding areas on the island
  • More Eider ducks are nesting each day
  • Shag chicks are growing larger and stronger by the day
  • Guillemots and Razorbills remain tight on eggs on the cliffsides
  • Puffins incubating underground although have been elusive recently as other birds have moved out to sea during the recent poor weather.

It’s a great time to visit the May (especially if you want to avoid being pecked by Terns) and boats will sail daily (weather dependent) and with the exception of every Friday during May and June.

Today’s Migrant Highlights: Buzzard 1 north at 16:30 (a scarcity on the island), Wood Warbler 1 present for its second day as well as a scattering of common migrants on the island.

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