Wildlife sightings 6 July

What’s on the cameras from the Discovery Centre team – Scott


Sadly, the recent spell of bad weather has meant a decline in the number of successful gannet hatchings this year. There are still plenty of chicks visible from the Discovery Centre Cameras (upper right image) but it does look like being a less successful year than previously. On the bright side, though the weather has cleared up and there are still a huge number of chicks yet to hatch so the island will have plenty to offer for months to come.

On Fidra, our peregrine has been spotted a few times. Peregrines do not enjoy the wet weather as it makes their feathers too wet for hunting and so it has mainly been seen snuggled against the cliff face trying to stay dry.

The Isle of May continues to display a variety of seabirds. Chicks are visible for guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and shags. The only one left to hatch is the fulmar which we are still waiting for. Those who follow our shag families will pleased to know they are doing very well with many chicks starting to fly short distances and forage on their own before returning to their nests. Our final shag pair, nicknamed Fred and Wilma (after the Flintstones) do in fact have at least two chicks. Due to the position of the next they managed to hide the chicks from the camera for a while but there are at least two large chicks who appear to be doing well. (see upper left image)

It has been almost two weeks since our last dolphin sighting however our boat staff reported seeing them yesterday morning between the Bass Rock and Craigleith. It is good to know they are still around and, as the weather improves, it makes it a bit easier to spot them against the waves. Hopefully we will see more as it ties in nicely with this year’s summer shows which focus on dolphins and marine pollution.

We offer shows almost every day throughout summer and are having a special “Shark Week” event later this month so it’s definitely worth visiting the Discovery Centre!

Keep up-to-date with the wildlife action with our webcams.



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