Monday 18th April comments: Just as the ink was drying on yesterday’s blog post, news broke that we had discovered our first Guillemot egg! The female was noted incubating her egg on the cliffs late on Sunday evening although very few other birds were in attendance, so an early pioneer.
The date is one day earlier than last season’s first egg laying date for the Guillemots and five days earlier than the overall mean laying date for the island. Over the next week or so, the majority of Guillemots (and Razorbills) will soon be on eggs alongside the Puffins and other seabirds.
And another! This morning (Monday) we discovered the first Eiders on nests as three different females were found incubating eggs near the lighthouse…just the start of the season as we expect just over 1,000 females to be nesting this year.
Time is certainly ticking along and with Shags on eggs since 22nd March, it won’t be long before we have our first seabird chicks as well! It’s all go…