Weather Woes

Our first Eider chicks still doing well

Our first Eider chicks still doing well

Kittiwakes now sitting on eggs across the island

Kittiwakes now sitting on eggs across the island

First Oystercatcher eggs discovered today

First Oystercatcher eggs discovered today

Working hard to prepare areas for ground nesting Arctic Terns

Working hard to prepare areas for ground nesting Arctic Terns

Friday 15th May comments: It’s been another mixed day on the May as the morning brought glorious sunshine but by late afternoon the wind had increased and the rain was falling. The weather at the moment hasn’t made its mind up but we are hoping it will eventually settle and allow the summer to commence (we hope!)

As part of our management we’ve been active in recent days preparing areas for the ground nesting Arctic Terns (they are fussy birds).  The main nesting areas around the visitor centre and Beacon have been cleared of tall vegetation and sand placed in certain areas ready for the birds to settle. It’ll hopefully be within the next week that we expect the first Tern eggs and then we’ll know about it as they attack everyone and everyone who visits the island (I keep warning you).

Speaking of eggs, we discovered out first Oystercatcher eggs today (the island supports about 25 pairs) whilst the Eider family of three are doing well on the Loch. Each day brings something new and exciting and why not visit to see it for yourselves?

The island is open daily until 31st September (expect Fridays in May and June) and for further boat information check out the websites of the licenced boat operators:

May Princess (sails from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayferry.com/

Rib Osprey (sails from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/

Rib Seabird (sails from North Berwick): http://www.seabird.org/boats/isle-of-may-landings/14/160

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