Taking Shelter

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This young one hasn’t quite got the idea of the shelter next to it, preferring to hide by a nettle stem.

All the shelter out in front of the visitor center to provide the chicks with some cover.

All the shelter out in front of the visitor center to provide the chicks with some cover.

Originally black, our 'new' uniform has an artistic design to it.

Originally black, our ‘new’ uniform has an artistic design to it.

Monday 15th June comments:

With the first Tern chicks hatching a couple of days ago now, these little fluffy balls have now started appearing everywhere.  This means that they require that little extra protection, so today we have been putting out our tern shelters: these provide the chicks with cover so that they can hide from the marauding gulls whilst the adults are dive bombing and chasing them away.

Although most of the nests are still have eggs we have been busy putting the shelters next to all the nests so that once the eggs hatch the chicks are familiar with them and will start using them straight away; well that is the plan!

The adults are still as protective as ever when they have chicks, if not more so. They also tend to use their back ends more and we now have the uniform to go with it.  So those that are visiting over the next month be warned that you will get an Isle of May welcome and will possibly leave with a splash of white across the back! It’s all part of a visit to a seabird colony and apparently it’s good luck! The May must be one lucky place!

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