Thursday 14th May comments: It’s been a bit of an indifferent week for weather as we’ve had the extremes from gale force winds to bright sunshine all in a matter of a few days. Regardless the seabird breeding season continues to advance as Fulmars are now incubating eggs (and will do so for the next 50 or so days!) and the 300+ pairs will now settle across the island.
We’ve also had our first Eider ducklings hatch (the mothers take them straight to sea within 24 hours of hatching) although on the May the very handy Loch is an ideal replacement. Over the next few weeks, large crèches will form as more and more youngsters hatch, which makes great viewing.
So that just leaves the Arctic Terns. The birds are back in good numbers with vocal aerial displays taking place over the island and over the next week, the birds will eventually settle and nest and then the fun will really begin. I have warned you….hat time!