Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stand up and be counted!

Tuesday 31st May comments: Its been an epic seven days since we started counting our large Gull and Eider populations on the Isle of May. Today we finished the last of the major sections and hopefully by tomorrow afternoon the … Continue reading

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DNA to the rescue…

Saturday 28th May comments: It’s never dull on the Isle of May and yesterday we continued our good run of rare birds on the island. The month of May has produced some noticeable highlights and after a few quiet days, … Continue reading

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Puffin chicks!

Wednesday 25th May comments: Its been coming. The first Puffins eggs were discovered on 20th April and bang on cue, we now have chicks! After 40 days of incubation the first chicks have hatched although in only a few nests. … Continue reading

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Count down…

Tuesday 24th May comments: Its count season. Today marked the start of our population counting on the Isle of May as we are counting all our nesting seabirds from Eiders to Guillemots and everything in between. Over the next three … Continue reading

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Hats off…

Saturday 21st May comments: We said it was coming and sure enough, yesterday morning the first Arctic Tern egg was discovered on the Isle of May. This is three days earlier than the average mean laying date in the last twenty years … Continue reading

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Terning Up

Thursday 19th May comments: A few days and its all change. In the matter of a few days the island has been populated by Arctic and Common Terns as pairs have started settling and prospecting for suitable nest sites. We suspect it … Continue reading

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Seabird Summer

Monday 16th May comments: As we enter mid-May we take stock of our seabird breeding season and see how things are going. Following a mild late March and cold month of April (two months of contrast) the seabird season started … Continue reading

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