Wildlife sightings 29 June 2012

Just a quick update this week from Maggie

Bass Rock – I had a fleeting glimpse of a fairly helpless tiny hatchling, the shell still by the nest edge. It was only hours old and exceedingly wobbly but so wonderful to see. Just behind the line of fringe breeders it is looking pretty good with most nests having a chick.

Keith Hammer and Ewan Wakefield will be returning again this year to continue with their studies of the Bass gannets. Has anyone spotted any winter loggers?

Craigleith – A shag’s nest has been spotted with two eggs. Perhaps it lost earlier ones and has re-laid? Keep a watch on the nest… in previous years there has been a late breeding shag on the Bass.

Isle of May – The news was not good as we heard that perhaps 50% of burrows have been affected by the torrential downpours resulting in loss of chicks. On all the cliffs already there are spaces as guillemot chicks have left or perhaps succumbed to the weather. The terns are still dive bombing, which is great news.

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