Wildlife sightings 4 August 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Scott

It feels as if it has just begun but already puffin season is coming to an end on the islands with numbers declining rapidly this week. There are still a few left on Craigleith and the Isle of May but we expect them to leave completely in the next week or so. It’s too early to tell how the season has been for them but so far we have had fewer pufflings rescued this year which hopefully means they have made it safely out to sea. After leaving us the plucky little puffins will brave the North Atlantic and Arctic seas for the next year before returning to us, we wish them well!

But, as one bird is leaving, we are pleased to welcome a number of fluffy little fulmar chicks which are visible on our Isle of May cameras and on our Fidra North camera. They will still be here for another month so there is plenty of time to see them if you haven’t already. Our kittiwakes are also starting to leave but a few young ones are still clearly visible on the Isle of May.

The adult male and juvenile female peregrine falcons are being seen with increasing regularity on Fidra. As the seabirds start to leave the peregrines begin to occupy new perches around the island which keeps the staff guessing as to where they will next appear!

This month has also seen an increase in seal sightings with several being seen around Craigleith. It will still be a few months though before seal season begins and the Isle of May is covered in lovely little seal pups!

The gannets are thankfully still here although our oldest gannet chick is now almost 11 weeks old and should be fledging in the next 2 weeks. Many are still being born however so we expect the gannets to be here for months to come. We have begun using our Bass Rock lighthouse camera this week which is giving us a very different perspective on things and is a really good addition to the Discovery Centre.

090816 la bass rock

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