Category Archives: birding

More than just seals

Though the seals dominate at this time of year there are still other things of interest. It might be mid-November but migration is still happening, birds are moving. Several hundred thrushes are across the island constantly moving and calling. Blackbirds, … Continue reading

Posted in birding, Isle of May, seals, shags, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Compost Gull and Seawatching

It’s often a subject around the dinner table between the summer residents of the Isle of May on whether it is always the same Lesser Black-backed Gull that visits the compost heap that is just outside the Lighthouse Keepers cottage. … Continue reading

Posted in bird migration, birding, Birds, Birdwatching, conservation., Edinburgh, fife, fife holiday sunshine, fife lothian, moth traps, NNR, Scotland, seabirds, SNH, whales, Wildlife

Wood Sandpiper

A little late night bonus blog here….  When a Wood Sandpiper flew into the pools on the South Plateau at Dusk, an island twitch was on.  I managed to locate the Lowlighters and then run up Palpitation Bray to locate … Continue reading

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Unusual Guillemot

 This unusual Guillemot has been present on the Isle of May for the last three seasons. I’ve looked for it a few times but had not seen it until the researchers said it was present yesterday. Calum and I went … Continue reading

Posted in bird, birding, Birdwatching, boats, conservation., Edinburgh, eiders, Fife Coast., guillemots, Lothian, monitoring, Scotland

Shag GZJZ – Another rescue from discarded waste…

Another Lucky Shag Visitors had been reporting a juvenile Shag with some rubbish around it’s neck at The Alterstanes. It was looking bad for the bird. Now it was away from the nest it would be almost impossible to catch. … Continue reading

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Chicks Special…

We are over half way through the breeding season but there is still lots to see around the Isle of May NNR. Lot’s of balls of fluff are still to be seen all over the island. Eider Ducklings are doing … Continue reading

Posted in birding, Birds, Birdwatching, chicks, Edinburgh, fife, garden birds, Gulls, Isle of May, nature, photography, puffins, Scotland, Scotland scenery fife lothian, tourism, visit scotland, Wildlife

Tern Update

Tern Update The Terns continue to terrorise the visitors near the landing on the Isle of May. Lucie and Paula are still closely monitoring the birds. There are still a fair few chicks hidden in the long vegetation. These birds … Continue reading

Posted in birding, Birds, Edinburgh, fife, Isle of May, puffins, terns