Hatching Happiness

Adults bringing food in; we've got Puffin chicks

Adults bringing food in; we’ve got Puffin chicks

Our first Guillemot chicks hatched over the weekend

Our first Guillemot chicks hatched over the weekend

Razorbills have also become parents over the last few days

Razorbills have also become parents over the last few days

Shag chicks growing bigger and stronger by the day

Shag chicks growing bigger and stronger by the day

Rock pipit chicks have fledged although still a bit uneasy on the wing

Rock pipit chicks have fledged although still a bit uneasy on the wing

Sunday 24th May comments: Time has moved on and we have plenty of seabird breeding news as this weekend brought the arrival of lots of chicks as it was hatching time;

Puffin: chicks! We’ve seen at least three adults carrying food indicating that the first chicks have hatched. Expect a flurry of activity over the next week as parents actively feed hungry youngsters

Razorbill: The first chick hatched on 22nd May with plenty more to follow over the next few weeks

Guillemot: The first chicks hatched on 23rd May with many still on eggs

Shag: Large chicks now very evident in nests across the islands

Arctic Tern: the first eggs were discovered on 23rd as plenty settle in the traditional areas on the island including beside the jetty and visitor centre

Kittiwake: vast numbers still on eggs across the cliff colonies

Eider: Hundreds of sitting females with a reasonable number now with chicks (check out the Loch for large crèches)

On the migration front westerly winds have dominated which has brought only a small number of new arrivals although two juvenile Crossbills were present on 23rd whilst a Buzzard (still an island rarity) ling

ered on 24th May. With more westerly winds forecast we may be in for some leans times.

As we enter the final week of May we have to ask the question; are you visiting? If not why not? The Isle of May is open daily (with the exception of every Friday in May and June) until 30th September, so come and visit.

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