Thursday 25th March comments: Its been a cold start back on the Isle of May as strong westerly winds have buffered the island which has been in complete contrast to the previous weeks calm, still weather. Regardless life goes on and its been a busy few days as the island staff have settled back into life on this fabulous national nature reserve.
The seabirds have had their usual slow start although the Shags are well settled on large nest structures and copulation has been seen so it is only a matter of time before the first eggs are discovered. For everything else its been a slow start, as small numbers of Eiders are present around the island whilst the cliffs have been busy with Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes but it is still some time off before anything noteworthy will happen with these species.
Puffins have been largely absent apart from a handful on land over the last few days but we suspect this will all change soon. The urge to return to their nesting burrows and start the breeding season will take over so we’ll be reporting on their progress as it happens. Otherwise migration has been slowly kicking into life with the first Chiffchaffs of the year discovered yesterday whilst Meadow Pipits and finches have been trickling north having spent the winter in the lowlands. Soon the Isle of May will be in full tilt soon and we can’t wait.