Tuesday 13th June comments: Its not every day we add a new nesting species to the island list, but today we confirmed the first nesting of Cormorants on the Isle of May. Small numbers breed on other Firth of Forth Islands but have never nested previously on the May (although were suspected in the 18th century but it was not proven).
However today we discovered a nesting pair on the north edge of the island incubating on a small nest and it confirmed our recent suspicions (they were seen nest building earlier in the year). It’s great news for the diversity of species which nest on the May and hopefully we can attract a small colony in the future.
Cormorants are one of the largest seabirds which nest in the British Isles, much larger than their closest relatives the Shags and have distinctive white on their cheek and thigh. We hope they’ll be successful and we’ll keep you informed of nesting progress as it develops. Its all go on the May!