Wildlife sightings 15 February 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Fran

This week in the DC we have been enjoying the half term holidays!

Gannets have been spotted in the air and will hopefully touch down on the Bass Rock any day now! It is still a little bit early to see them settled on the rocks but not too long to go.

Fulmars continue to nest on the cliff ledges on Fidra and the peregrine falcons have been busy posing for the cameras on the clifftops.

The number of shags spotted is increasing and some of the nest spots on the Isle of May have already got tenants. It looks as though familiar favourites, Charlie and Lola, are back but we can’t be sure as Charlie appears to have lost his darvic ring.

Several young cormorants have been visiting Craigleith this week as well as the usual gulls, fulmars and occasional peregrine.

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Wildlife sightings 8 February 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

Well, Fidra is filling up with fulmars, which are providing an easy food source for two peregrines that have their nesting sight there. On the Isle of May we have had lots of older seal pups come to visit. Our best count was 16. Guillemots have been seen on Isle of May and Fidra very early. Craigleith has common gulls, fulmars and a few cormorants. Dunbar camera is back on and there have been a fair few eiders swimming around the harbour. The Camera on the Bass is still pointing at the sky looking for that very first gannet.

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Wildlife sightings 1 February 2018

 

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

Well, the battle between the fulmars and the peregrine is over, and the winner is…… the peregrine. It is back to its normal nesting site on Fidra. More fulmars are also on Fidra and the shags are less abundant. On the Isle of May our late seal pup is getting bigger every day and a few older pups have also been seen, probably for a rest due to the recent stormy weather.

On Craigleith there seems to be an increase of gulls along with the shags. We think that, since local fishing boats have been in the area, there might be easy pickings for the birds. The Bass has had very few sightings just the occasional gull – hopefully we will see gannets soon!

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Wildlife sightings 25 January 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

The exciting news of the week is…we have a new seal pup!! Born very late. It is unusual but not entirely unheard of according to David Steel on the Isle of May. Also we have a bit of a standoff happening at Fidra, between a pair of fulmars and a peregrine over a nesting sight! Other than that, still the same with guillemots on the Stack on the May. Slightly more fulmars on Fidra. Cormorants and shags in and around Craigleith. However, very little to see on the Bass apart from the occasional gull (but this will all change soon!)

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Wildlife sightings 19 January 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

Amazingly, we still have two plump pups on the Isle of May beach. Also on the island we have guillemots at the stack till late morning nearly every day. We are spotting more birds on the cameras. Fidra has seen most species returning, with shags and fulmars both very easy to find – along with the usual sightings of the peregrines.

There are still a fair few winter waders that can be seen, mostly turnstones and redshanks. Even some eiders can be spotted here and there. Craigleith is also starting to come back to life with a variety of gulls and shags.

Only about 4 weeks before the gannets are due back….

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Wildlife sightings 11 January 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Erin & Fran

As seal season draws to a close, just a handful of pups remain on the Isle of May. Males have been spotted on the beach looking to mate with the remaining females.

Fidra has seen the return of many fulmars, they are currently enjoying perching on the clifftops.  Earlier this week Erin and Mal came to the rescue of a helpful member trying to save a rogue fulmar. Erin gave it the once over and concluded that it had either eaten something it shouldn’t and perhaps it was just a little under the weather. The SSPCA collected him and we hear he’s making a ‘fulmar’ recovery!

Lots of ringed shags have been appearing on Fidra and the Isle of May. They are often spotted in a row, preening their feathers.

The peregrines have been very active recently and visible on the Fidra cameras along the clifftops this week. We have been treated to several beautiful shots featuring both the male and female peregrines, often perched on the fence posts looking out over the water.

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Wildlife sightings 14 December 2017

 

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

Grey seals remain our main wildlife focus on the cameras at the moment though the mornings on the Isle of May have treated us to views of returning guillemots. In the winter plumage we can see them on the two main stacks visible from the cliff camera, this being the view that Mike Harris from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) uses on our live stream to monitor these returning auks.

The peregrines continue to be seen on Fidra often perched on a cliff ledge or on the posts on the top of the cliff. We haven’t seen them with any kills recently but evidence that they have been feeding is still very clear to see! Shags and cormorants are also visible on the cameras, in particular Fidra and Craigleith, resting on the rocky shores.

Younger visitors are enjoying our Poles Apart exhibition learning about the different wildlife of the Arctic and Antarctic. Many are caught comparing their height to that of our polar bear cutout as well as our king penguin cutout. We also have some smaller additional props for our polar portrait station at the bottom of the flyway. We hope to see some of these snaps on social media in the coming weeks!

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