Wildlife sightings 16 February 2017

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Alex

Despite the busy week with half term it has been very quiet on the cameras. Birds such as the guillemots, shags and cormorants are now spending more time out to sea than preparing and building nests. Fulmars are still in the little crevices and sheltered burrows. The peregrines continue to be very active this past week with sightings again on both Fidra and Craigleith respectively. The gannets continue to be elusive on the cameras with some individuals being spotted circling around the Bass, but no landings yet.

We have been seeing lots of grey seals return to the May over the past few weeks and on Monday saw a large group of approx. 15 seals on the beach. They continued to rest and slumber in the sun on the beach up until Wednesday (today, no power on island). Visitors have been really interested to see them, especially our regular visitors who can see pups return as adolescents.

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