Wildlife sightings 21 July 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

Bass Rock has its first moulting guga on camera with darker plumage very visible now. This guga, the oldest, is also now starting to stretch and flap its wings so is already very keen to fledge the nest. A couple more weeks to go, however, before it will be truly ready to leave and, fingers crossed, make the journey safely down to the water. The peregrines have been spotted on the lighthouse again this week with a few kills spotted around the platforms, often kittiwakes and fulmars being the prey.

Craigleith and the May are still showing puffins which is great so, if you haven’t been down to see them yet this season, then please make sure you do before they head off in a couple of weeks. No pufflings spotted live on camera so eyes peeled for the first few popping their heads out of the burrow. There are a few instances of puffins being spotted with sandeels in their beaks so there are definitely still chicks out there.

CRaigleith Puffin July 2016


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