Wildlife sightings 23 February 2017

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Helen

Fulmars on Fidra

Fulmars on Fidra

Excitement is building as we approach gannet season! There have been sightings of over a thousand gannets flying around the Bass but they’re still teasing us and not landing.

Shags are starting to build their nests and courtship begins. Charlie (a ringed shag) has reclaimed his nest on the Isle of May and defending it against various would-be intruders.

The cormorants have their breeding plumage with the white flanks on display. Fulmars are nestling in the grass on their nest sites – we’ve got great views of them on Fidra.

The peregrines have been delighting our visitors with regular appearances on both Fidra and Craigleith. And the rabbit is back on Craigleith – we keep seeing him in the same spot. Despite the weather, spring is on the way!


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