Winter Wonderland

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Departing Anstruther harbor, Fife on a glorious morning

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And the Isle of May was basking in sunshine

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Not all good news in paradise…the winter takes its toll

Monday 27th February comments: With a settled spell of weather forecast, we took the opportunity to head out to the Isle of May NNR and continue the preparations for the new season ahead. However on this occasion we are spending five days out on the rock and we look forward to bringing you all the highlights as they happen.

Today was just about moving back on, moving kit and settling back in whilst checking the island. The early breeding season activity included good numbers of Shags around the island whilst Guillemots and Razorbills were very evident in the surrounding waters.

On the migrant front highlights include four Short-eared owls (which are over-wintering on the island), an adult Peregrine whilst an immature Glaucous Gull brought a winters feel to proceedings. Unfortunately a Merlin was discovered dead a casualty of winter mortality and a harsh reminder of the brutal nature of islands and the fine balance between life and death. With a full day on the island tomorrow, it should prove interesting and we’ll bring you more news from the Isle of May as we prepare for the new 2017 season. Bring it on!

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