May you visit?

July; arguably the best month to see these fellas (Holly Pickett)

July; arguably the best month to see these fellas (Holly Pickett)

Still plenty of Razorbill and Guillemots present (Holly Pickett)

Still plenty of Razorbill and Guillemots present (Holly Pickett)

Young shags in the surf...plenty now fledging

Young shags in the surf…plenty now fledging

Sea Swallow; stunning adult Arctic Tern (Holly Pickett)

Sea Swallow; stunning adult Arctic Tern (Holly Pickett)

SOC young birders building Tern boxes for next season

SOC young birders building Tern boxes for next season

Thursday 9th July comments: July…the best month to visit the Isle of May? It’s a good question and with so many young birds now fledging, it’s a great time to visit. With boats sailing daily (weather dependant), free entry and wildlife galore it’s well worth a visit.

Across the island young Shags are exploring the freedom they now have (although still rely on their parents for food) whilst Puffin chicks continue to march down to sea overnight. A few Arctic Tern chicks are now on the wing although we’ll have plenty more fledglings over the next few weeks. Even small numbers of Guillemots and Razorbills are still present whilst we are still awaiting our first fledgling Kittiwake (will you spot our first?)

It’s not all about seabirds as July is an excellent month of other wildlife including cetaceans as yesterday’s Minke Whale (which surfaced three times to the east of the island) will prove. So if you visit, keep your eyes open as anything is possible.

On a different note, for the second consecutive year the Scottish Ornithological Club (SOC) have had a resident week on here as they encourage young birders to experience life on an island and everything involved in running a bird observatory.  This week the group of six young birders have been involved with all aspects of the island from Puffin ringing to Tern box construction and we’ll bring you a full roundup tomorrow.

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