Monthly Archives: August 2015

Fledging Fulmars

Saturday 29th August comments: We have now come to that time of year where the majority of the breeding seabirds have left the island for their wintering grounds, but there is still one left: the Fulmar.  These inconspicuous birds nest on quiet secluded … Continue reading

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Terns on the Up!

Wednesday 26th August comments: Despite their fragile appearance Arctic terns have the longest annual migration of any animal. They migrate to the northern hemisphere from the Antarctic pack ice in order to breed and lay their eggs. This annual migration is … Continue reading

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More of the same please…

Monday 24th August comments: After yesterdays ‘fall’ of migrants it was another busy day as plenty of birds were still present with a few new arrivals. Our third Red-backed Shrike of the autumn appeared, at least three Icterine Warblers remained … Continue reading

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Birds Galore!

Monday 24th August comments: When it’s good, it good. As the Isle of May sticks six miles out into the North Sea and favourable weather conditions prevail (mainly easterly backed winds) the island can be covered in small migrant birds. … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale!

Saturday 22nd August comments: There she blows! This morning off the Isle of May a young Humpback Whale was discovered breaching in waters just north of the isle (looking towards Crail) just after 07:00. The animal was watched on several … Continue reading

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Things that go bump in the night

Friday 21st August comments: From late July into the middle of August headlands and islands up and down the east coast witness some very bizarre behaviour during the hours of darkness. Once dusk approaches mist nets are erected, tape players … Continue reading

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A few more summer migrants…

Tuesday 18th August comments:  The Isle of May is an amazing place for wildlife at all times of the year. The spring and summer are dominated by our breeding seabirds whilst the autumn months witness thousands of Grey Seals giving … Continue reading

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