Eider nests…

Eider 1

Nesting in our store yard…

Eider 2

Nesting at the wood shed…

Eider 4

Washed up lobster pot

Eider 3

By the pipeline for the fog horn

Friday 25th may comments: The Isle of May Eider population is one of the most significant in the British Isles with over 1,100 females counted during the last census. This year we are undertaking a new count to check on the status of this seaduck and establish the number of breeding females.

In recent weeks we’ve seen big numbers start nesting with the first eggs discovered on 19th April. Once the ducklings hatch, within 24 hours the females will take their youngsters straight to sea often heading west to the relative safety of the nearby coast, although some do use the Loch on the island as a feeding area.

Its also interesting to see where the birds chose to nest. Some will nest on the open tops, some alongside the pathways and others…well I’ll let the photos tell its own story. Regardless of where the birds nest, we’ve got to start counting them, so let it begin…

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