Back and Forth

Arctic Terns now nesting...on the roof of the visitor centre!

Arctic Terns now nesting…on the roof of the visitor centre!

Preparing anti-predator garden canes (to break up the flight patterns of the large Gulls) to protect nests

Preparing anti-predator garden canes (to break up the flight patterns of the large Gulls) to protect nests

Time to go...female Eider leads her family away

Time to go…female Eider leads her family away

Staying warm with mum; an Eider duckling

Staying warm with mum; an Eider duckling

Black Redstart migrating through (caught and ringed)

Black Redstart migrating through (caught and ringed)

Wednesday 27th May comments: The seabird breeding season continues to go well (despite the weathers best efforts; when will summer ever arrive?) as more and more chicks hatch. Adult Puffins are frantically flying back and forth to feed hungry youngsters whilst Razorbill and Guillemot chicks stay warm and safe with their parents.

The Eider crèche on the Loch continues to grow (up to twenty chicks now present) whilst Arctic Terns are now nesting in the traditional areas as well as the visitor centre roof! So its all go and as we edge towards June the place will only get busier…. (and if you are visiting remember your hats!)

Unlike the month of April, May has been disappointing for migrant birds as westerly winds have dominated (not ideal for migration) although a Black Redstart arrived on the island on Tuesday. Otherwise its all been quiet but things can change at any time so we’ll keep you posted.

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