Author Archives: David Steel

Seal Season Coming Soon

Saturday 19th September comments: Slowly and surely the number of Atlantic Grey Seals is increasing around the Isle of May and if you are visiting over the final few weeks of our season (the island closes at the end of … Continue reading

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Dolphins

Thursday 17th September comments: In recent days the weather has been fabulous as calm conditions have settled over the island. The sea state over the last few days has been virtually zero; not a ripple or wave and as a … Continue reading

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Catcher of the Flys

Monday 14th September comments: The westerly winds have finally eased and today bird migration picked up as a result. Early morning brought hundreds of Meadow Pipits, Swallows, House and Sand Martins on the move as the recent winds will have … Continue reading

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March of the Mpipits

Saturday 12th September comments: Bird migration at this time of year can be very exciting as huge numbers of birds can arrive on the island as they head south (i.e. Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats etc) or are just arriving into … Continue reading

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Windy Days

Friday 11th September comments: People often ask about wet and windy days on the island and what we get up to. Its interesting question as the visitor boats can’t sail and therefore we are free from the public. During the … Continue reading

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Views of the May…

Wednesday 9th September comments: Living and working on the Isle of May NNR for NatureScot is not only an incredible experience but also a privilege as we get to see some amazing wildlife and live on one of Scotland’s finest … Continue reading

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Gooses, Geese’s…

Monday 7th September comments: Autumn is early, its official (well maybe not official but it seems to have arrived early this year as we’ll explain). Yesterday marked a significant date in the diary as we heard our first Pink-footed Geese … Continue reading

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Fulmar Feeding

Friday 4th September comments: Over the last few weeks we’ve seen the majority of our Fulmar chicks finally depart the island as the youngsters take to the wing for the first time. These chicks have been cliff-bound since hatching in … Continue reading

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Seawatch Surprise

Top: Manx Shearwater Bottom: Great Skua’s (with Herring Gull) Wednesday 2nd September comments: Over the last few weeks we’ve seen the last of our breeding seabirds depart the island. Small number of Shags, Fulmars and Eiders remain but the 2020 … Continue reading

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Welcome September

Tuesday 1st September: Welcome to September and time is flying. We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog of recent but now it’s a new month and technically autumn (from a bird migration point of view) so we’ll be bringing … Continue reading

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