Wildlife Sightings 2 December 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Scott

It’s been a very cold week but our seals pups are still doing well on Craigleith and the Isle of May. We had two confirmed seal births in the last week and although late in the season, the pups still have enough time to grow up and leave before the conditions become too difficult. There was a young seal washed up opposite the Glen golf course which caused some concern but which made it back to sea by itself. It is likely it was just exploring and got brought in on the tide. If you do find a seal pup then please let us or the Scottish SPCA know and don’t get too close!

Elsewhere it is fairly quiet. Our peregrines are still appearing regularly on Fidra and Craigleith, with the Craigleith ones often visible from the telescope deck as well. Also from the telescope deck we are still seeing many waders, such as turnstones and oystercatchers, along with quite a few starlings. As the Winter progresses it is likely we will be seeing more and more waders, with birds such as redshanks becoming more and more prevalent.

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