Wildlife sightings 17 March 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Lee

This week has been a very busy week with plenty of arrivals. Firstly, Fidra is alive with both herring gulls and shags with many of these shags either breeding or displaying in order to secure a mate. Peregrine falcons are still a common sight on Fidra – a male was sighted just this morning with the male’s partner also on Craigleith. The Bass Rock is now thriving with plenty of gannet pairs along with plenty of nest building and communication going on throughout the island. Besides the female peregrine, Craigleith is now a popular site for many cormorants, most of which are displaying to others. On most of the islands you are able to see an odd razorbill or guillemot. The mermaids purse in our tank still has not hatched but instead a handful of beadlet anemones are spitting out young ones in the tidal tank. Lastly, Dunbar harbour is beginning to fill with kittiwakes, and most are now nesting around the cliffs.

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