Terning Up

A.tern John Nadin

Shout out for the Arctic Terns (John Nadin)

Artci tern John Nadin

Stunning birds are about to settle (John Nadin)

Common Terns copulating

Copulating Common Terns

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 wont be long before our first eggs and then the fun really begins…hats at the ready!

As the terns are settling, it already advancing for others as Shags have large chicks, Eider broods are starting to crèche on the Loch whilst its only a matter of time before the Auk chicks start hatching (Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills).

The Isle of May is a seabird city at this time of year and if you’ve not thought about visiting the ‘Jewel of the Forth’ then you should start giving it serious consideration as you’ll not be disappointed.


Boats – check websites for sailing times

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

Osprey Rib (departs Ansthruther) http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/

Seabird Rib (departs North Berwick) https://seabird.org/visit/boats/isle-of-may-landings/10/22/159

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