Tuesday 9th June comments: Its been a busy day on the Isle of May as we are starting to settle back in but with plenty of work and catching-up to do. Its been a strange time to be away from the place as the seabirds have just got on with business as usual, However for us human visitors, we are catching up as we attempt to see how the seabird breeding season has been so far. We’ll bring more full in-depth reports later but a quick round-up of progress s far:
All three Auk species; Guillemot, Razorbill and Puffin, all have chicks as busy parents are actively foraging throughout the day as they have hungry youngsters to feed. The first species to start nesting, the Shags, have plenty of mid-sized chicks in nests around the island whilst Kittiwakes are incubating in cliffside nests. Both Arctic and Common Terns are incubating eggs in the usual nesting areas whilst another species incubating; our Fulmars, are also present in good numbers. Its very evident that plenty of nesting Eider ducks have departed with youngsters (plenty on the Loch and lots of empty nests around the island) whilst all three Gull species; Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, all have chicks.
Overall the colonies are in good health but there is still plenty of time to go and plenty of stories to tell. We’ll be keeping you updated daily as so much to report and plenty happening. Despite the lack of people, for many seabirds its been business as usual and its good to see.