Monthly Archives: June 2016

Kittiwake Count

    Thursday 30th June comments:  Our small, kind-faced gull, the Kittiwake, builds small bowl nests on the side of cliffs, in which they lay between one and three eggs, incubating these for 30 days before the chick hatches. At … Continue reading

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The counts are in…tonight Fulmars

Tuesday 28th comments: The counts are finished, the number crunching is complete and now we can reveal this year’s breeding figures for our seabirds.  Today I shall start with Fulmars and over the next couple of weeks we will bring you the … Continue reading

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We’ve got a jumper!

Thursday 23rd June comments: It is some upbringing. Guillemots return to the Isle of May in April and soon settle on ledges laying just a single egg. Unlike many other birds they’ll not build a nest and (rather like Penguins) … Continue reading

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Go Eiders Go!

Tuesday 21st June comments: Its that time of year…Eider ducklings are on the march. Over the last few weeks Eider ducklings have been hatching across the Isle of May and gradually leaving for the nearby coastline. Eider ducks are fabulous mothers, as successful … Continue reading

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Sunday 19th June comments: New life. Over the past week our first Arctic Tern chicks have started hatching as small bundles of fluff have started appearing in the tern colonies. Proud parents are now busy flying back and forth from the nearby … Continue reading

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Double celebration!

Friday 17th June comments: This year is very special as the Isle of May is celebrating not one, but two birthdays (just like the queen). The island is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and 200 years since … Continue reading

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Puffins in the mist…

Thursday 16th June comments: Flaming June…maybe not. Its been a poor week for weather on the May as we’ve had a mixture of fog, mist and rain leaving the island cold and damp in places.   Its not good timing … Continue reading

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