Wildlife sightings 15 Jan 2015

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Andy

On The Isle of May we were seeing large numbers of guillemots on the stacks in the mornings. They would then head back to sea by the afternoon. With the way the weather has been, though, the numbers have reduced and the length of stay has been shorter but it is still very early days.

We have also had regular sightings of a number of shags around the usual nest sites and have even seen one of our regulars called Charlie, (identified from his leg ring), sitting back on his nest and making a few repairs. The shags even have the tuft of feathers sticking out of their head, indicating the preparations for breeding season. Again, the weather has thinned out their numbers recently, but we expect them to come back when the weather calms down.

The seals have not been seen returning to our beach as it is receiving the full force of the wind.

One thing we are seeing more of are eider ducks in Dunbar harbour, where they seem to be coming in to shelter from the bad weather. Before long though, they head back out to sea.


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