Wildlife sightings 25 January 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

The exciting news of the week is…we have a new seal pup!! Born very late. It is unusual but not entirely unheard of according to David Steel on the Isle of May. Also we have a bit of a standoff happening at Fidra, between a pair of fulmars and a peregrine over a nesting sight! Other than that, still the same with guillemots on the Stack on the May. Slightly more fulmars on Fidra. Cormorants and shags in and around Craigleith. However, very little to see on the Bass apart from the occasional gull (but this will all change soon!)

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Wildlife sightings 19 January 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

Amazingly, we still have two plump pups on the Isle of May beach. Also on the island we have guillemots at the stack till late morning nearly every day. We are spotting more birds on the cameras. Fidra has seen most species returning, with shags and fulmars both very easy to find – along with the usual sightings of the peregrines.

There are still a fair few winter waders that can be seen, mostly turnstones and redshanks. Even some eiders can be spotted here and there. Craigleith is also starting to come back to life with a variety of gulls and shags.

Only about 4 weeks before the gannets are due back….

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Wildlife sightings 11 January 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Erin & Fran

As seal season draws to a close, just a handful of pups remain on the Isle of May. Males have been spotted on the beach looking to mate with the remaining females.

Fidra has seen the return of many fulmars, they are currently enjoying perching on the clifftops.  Earlier this week Erin and Mal came to the rescue of a helpful member trying to save a rogue fulmar. Erin gave it the once over and concluded that it had either eaten something it shouldn’t and perhaps it was just a little under the weather. The SSPCA collected him and we hear he’s making a ‘fulmar’ recovery!

Lots of ringed shags have been appearing on Fidra and the Isle of May. They are often spotted in a row, preening their feathers.

The peregrines have been very active recently and visible on the Fidra cameras along the clifftops this week. We have been treated to several beautiful shots featuring both the male and female peregrines, often perched on the fence posts looking out over the water.

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