Slow start…

Saturday 17th April comments: It’s been a slow start to proceedings for the Isle of May despite the quick egg laying date of our Shags (late March). Since then cold weather has dominated which has slowed the progression of the breeding season.

Despite this birds are still arriving and things will get back on track very soon, just in time for our first visitors from 26th April. Puffins have been coming and going and appear unsettled, the Guillemots and Razorbills are present on the cliffs but still some way from starting their season whilst Kittiwakes are having their usual slow start. Elsewhere the first Eiders have now arrived on the island whilst the large Gulls are attempting to start but are still only at the courtship displays. As for our Terns, they are still heading north from southern wintering grounds so it’ll still be a week or two before they return.

Speaking of returning, today also sees the return of some of the research staff from UKCEH for the summer months whilst other researchers from the BTO and St.Andrews will arrive in early May. The pace of the Isle of May is slowly and surely picking up and we look forward to it going into full throttle (and some warmer weather please) as the exciting times are just around the corner…  

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