Wildlife sightings 27 August 2015

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

The auks have now firmly left our waters and have headed out to sea for winter. Our most active cameras remain Bass Rock and Fidra. Gugas continue to moult their white fluffy feathers and many have been seen testing out their wings. A few fluffier gugas remain on the nests and the Bass itself continues to shine brightly, when the sun is out at least! The peregrines continue to visit the ledges on Fidra as well as the lighthouse on the Bass. A peregrine has also been sighted occasionally on Craigleith.

The fulmar chicks are continuing to develop well and remain a popular sight with both visitors and members. Shag and cormorant adults and juveniles also continue to rest on the grassy verges below the fulmar alcoves as well as that late shag chick. Isle of May is still rather quiet, like the calm before the storm, before the grey seals start returning to land to give birth as well as to breed. Kittiwakes are still seen on the stacks on the May and many of the chicks have now fledged the nests.

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