Wildlife sightings 19 January 2017

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

Fidra continues to be a flurry of activity with more and more fulmars arriving at their small depressions in the cliff face. We have been seeing lots of courtship and billing during the day and in the mornings, we have seen them squabbling with returning shags who are also beginning their courtship and nesting behaviours. The peregrine male and young female continue to make appearances on the cliff ledges.

Our ringed shags, ‘Charlie’ and ‘Lola’, on the Isle of May are also doing very well with both male and female bringing back nesting material. This is the only developing shag nest that we have seen, however, over the coming weeks many more will begin to appear. In the past week, we have been treated to a few returning seal pups on the May and also Craigleith who have hauled themselves onto the beach to rest. They are all still very young but are looking in good health! Cormorants have begun to arrive back on Craigleith and, as with the shags, have also started to build their nests.

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