Monthly Archives: August 2020

Welcome Storm Francis…

Tuesday 25th August comments: batten down the hatches, theirs a storm brewing… the weather forecast has been predicting it and as I type, the wind has cranked up a notch and the rain has been constant since early morning. The … Continue reading

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Welcome NatureScot

Monday 24th August comments: It’s been an exciting day for all concerned with SNH and the Isle of May as the organisation has had a rebrand as we have become NatureScot, Scotland’s Nature Agency. It’s a new short and snappy … Continue reading

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Last but not least

Tuesday 18th August comments: Today our last Arctic tern chick has finally taken its first flight, almost a week after the last ones left. This persistent pair have stayed behind whilst the rest of the colony have started to make … Continue reading

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August Arrivals

Migrant birds on the May (all Ciaran Hatsell) Top left: Willow Warbler, right: Booted Warbler 2nd row left: Tree Pipits, right: Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear 3rd row left: Wheatear, right: Spotted Flycatcher Bottom left: Greenish Warbler, right: Whinchat Sunday 16th … Continue reading

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Suited and Booted

Wednesday 12th August comments: We are now coming to that time of the year where the majority of the seabirds have finished breeding and departed for their wintering grounds. This is a similar story for other birds and is the … Continue reading

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Fulmar chicks…

  Monday 10th August comments: Whilst the majority if seabirds have gone or are going off the Isle of May, one is still very much taking its time; the Fulmar. Fulmars are magnificent birds which belong to the ‘tube nose’ … Continue reading

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Changing seasons

Sunday 9th August comments: This last week on the Isle of May has seen some noticeable changes on the island as summer is starting to leave us with autumn just around the corner. The signs are noticeable in the wildlife … Continue reading

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Bird Obs open!

Wednesday 5th August comments: It’s been a strange year on the Isle of May (and even stranger elsewhere!) but due to the restrictions and lockdown, the island has been operating under very difference rules this year. As a result the … Continue reading

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Open Sea Beckons…

Monday 3rd August comments: Change is on its way on the Isle of May as our seabirds are starting to look at their next phase of their life; the autumn and winter. For the majority of our seabirds the open … Continue reading

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Seabird Update

Saturday 1st August: Welcome to a new month (where has time gone!?) and it’s a month which will see plenty of change on the Isle of May NNR. To bring you up to speed, here is a guide to the … Continue reading

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