Author Archives: David Steel

Sharp Edge of the Breeding Season

Sunday 22nd April comments:  It’s not taken long. Following the first Puffin and Guillemot eggs on 18th April, late yesterday evening the first Razorbill egg was discovered near Bishops Cove on the west cliffs. The seabird season is certainly with … Continue reading

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Egg-tastic Seabirds

Thursday 20th April comments: The seabird season is well and truly upon us now as a number of species are now incubating. Following the usual early suspects; the Shags (which have been incubating eggs since 29th March) were followed by the … Continue reading

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Puffin eggs!

Tuesday 18th April comments: Each day appears to bring new egg news from the seabird colonies on the Isle of May and today was the most noticeable to date. This morning our first Puffin egg was discovered on the island! Despite the unsettled … Continue reading

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Eider Eggs!

Monday 17th April comments: Well we predicted it and its happened. Our first incubating female Eider has been discovered this morning on the island, indicating the start of the nesting season for the species. A number of birds have been … Continue reading

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Watch your Feet!

Saturday 15th April comments: In recent days we’ve been talking about the breeding Auks of the island but we are also welcoming many other nesting species. One of those; the Eider ducks have been increasing in numbers daily with prospecting … Continue reading

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20 years and counting

Thursday 13th April comments: As well as the seabirds, it’s also the time of year when various staff return to the island. Over the last few weeks we’ve seen the reserve staff return, the Bird Observatory open its doors, the … Continue reading

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Next few days…

Wednesday 12th April comments: Its been a strange start to the seabird season, as it started, then stopped and now we hope it’ll restart again. In recent days we’ve had some strong winds from the west preventing boats from sailing … Continue reading

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