Wildlife sightings 9 February 2017


Wildlife sightings from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

The gannets have….NOT landed! At least not yet. On Saturday, a small group of gannets, approx. six, were spotted on the camera flying above the lighthouse area. Since then there have been no other sightings. So, we know they are out there and have returned, but we are yet to see the first gannet land on the Rock.

Another notable return this week was of a group of 13 grey seals, most of them returning juveniles from last season, on the Isle of May. It was great to see so many hauled out and resting on the rocky beach. Today we only have one remaining seal, but many of that large group may still be around the island.

Nesting preparations continue for the shags and cormorants though they are not being spotted on the camera as frequently as they were a few weeks ago. Charlie and Lola continue to be seen, however, on the May with many of our regular visitors interested in being updated on their nest progress. Guillemots continue to gather on the stacks on the May as well as the lower ledges on Fidra and Craigleith respectively.

The peregrines continue to be seen on Fidra, Craigleith as well as the Bass lighthouse. Evidence of kills continues to be spotted, though we haven’t been able to observe any live feeding behaviour just yet.


Wildlife sightings 2 February 2017


Bass Rock before the gannets return!

Wildlife spotting from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

The Bass Rock is still quiet. We have been treated to a few appearances of a peregrine this week on the lighthouse platform. As ever, we are still unsure as to the relations between the Bass peregrines and those that we see on Fidra and Craigleith. No sign of any gannets yet so keep those eyes peeled!

Fidra is still very active with peregrines, fulmars, guillemots and shags coming and going throughout the week, with the latter increasing their nest preparations on some of the lower ledges on the Fidra North camera.

Craigleith is very quiet at present with some nesting activity from shags and cormorants but we had our first razorbill of the season spotted around the cormorant colony on Monday, nestled in amongst all the guillemots.

On the Isle of May, our ringed shags continue to come and go with nesting material as are a few other ringed pairs on the lower ledges and terraces. The guillemots are beginning to settle a lot more now on the main stack and chatterstone and the researchers are very pleased with the data they are able to collect via our live stream camera on our website. No sign of any razorbills on the May but with so many guillemots it can be difficult to tell them apart from a distance!

Check out the wildlife via the Discovery Centre cameras or HERE on our website.