Change around the corner…

Tuesday 26th July 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 sea is a much safer place to be than on the land so once the breeding season is over and the job is complete the birds will be gone (under normal circumstances we would be sad to see them leave, but with avian influenza we just want them safely away!)

At present we’ve lost the vast majority of Guillemot and Razorbills as they’ve departed having generally had a successful season. Our Puffin numbers are starting to decline as some of our birds have already headed for the open sea and it won’t be long before the vast majority depart.

Elsewhere our Arctic and Common Terns have moved from their breeding colonies onto the nearby rocks at the jetties as they will start their mammoth journey south in the next few weeks (good luck on that journey!). Other birds will also start leaving whilst a few including our European Shags, will remain. Although it may not feel like it, but the autumn is approaching for the wildlife of the Isle of May and things are about to change…  

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