Wildlife sightings 14 July 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

The Bass Rock continues to be a buzz of activity with chicks now beginning to emerge from underneath the protection of their parents. A few gugas have already started to moult and will soon develop their darker speckled plumage. Still too early to be seeing them take off however on their first flight, but the first few may be seen later on this month and into early August.

On Fidra, the peregrine male and daughter continue to be seen on Fidra and occasionally the Bass Rock pair make an appearance on the lighthouse. Scott also spotted a peregrine on Craigleith on a ledge that was often used last year by a male and female peregrine.

Puffins are beginning to bring back sandeels in their bills which is a clear sign that chicks have hatched. On a visit to the May this week to fix the cliff camera I saw lots of puffins and arctic terns with fish in their bills, which was a great sight and sign of chicks having hatched. There are also a few grey seals around Pilgrim’s Haven and occasionally a few are spotted on the beach.

Peregrine July 2016

 

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