Not long now…

Impressive. Huge numbers of Puffins on display on the Isle of May at this moment

Impressive. Huge numbers of Puffins on display on the Isle of May at this moment

Insects? rain? No Puffins galore...

Insects? rain? No Puffins galore…

Still time to see them; Puffins on the Isle of May

Still time to see them; Puffins on the Isle of May

One to release; Puffin chick heading out to the open sea (Ed Thomson)

One to release; Puffin chick heading out to the open sea (Ed Thomson)

Saturday 18th July comments: Be warned, you haven’t got long. Since the 1st July Puffin chicks have been departing the island as a steady number leave each night. As a result parents are now finding burrows empty and job done for another season  and that means just one thing; time to leave.

Puffins will depart east coast seabird colonies including the Isle of May in late July-early August with a few stragglers staying until mid-August. However with the job done they have no reason to remain on land and will head out to the open sea where they will remain until next March.

It’s hard to believe these little hardy birds will spend the next eight months just sitting out on the sea regardless of weather, but that is exactly what they do. However spare a thought for the chicks; once they depart the island they’ll spend the next three years at sea before returning! Who said life is easy?

So for a last chance to see these wonderful little seabirds, visit the Isle of May which is open daily. Boats sail daily and for latest booking information please check out the websites:

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

Osprey Rib (leaves Anstruther) http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/boat.html

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

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