Wildlife sightings 24 March 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

Puffins have landed in the Forth this week with the first puffins being spotted on the water at Craigleith by Margaret, one of our volunteers. She quickly spotted puffins on Fidra as well as the May completing the puffin ‘collection’. They were in very large numbers on all three islands and especially on the water off Craigleith. By early afternoon they soon vanished, as they often do this time of year, as they begin to arrive back.

Gannet numbers are increasing with lots of beak fencing, bowing and gannets bringing seaweed back to line the nest. Soon the Bass will be completely white. Guillemots, razorbills, shags and cormorants have also begun to increase on the islands and with Easter fast approaching it will indeed be ‘egg’ season on the cameras.

The peregrines continue to appear on Fidra and Craigleith, with the adults on the Bass yet to make an appearance in 2016. Kittiwakes are also increasing at Dunbar harbour which is great to see following our camera difficulties last year.

The catshark in the main tank is growing everyday and we hope to welcome it fully during the Easter break.

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