Wildlife sightings 15 February 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Fran

This week in the DC we have been enjoying the half term holidays!

Gannets have been spotted in the air and will hopefully touch down on the Bass Rock any day now! It is still a little bit early to see them settled on the rocks but not too long to go.

Fulmars continue to nest on the cliff ledges on Fidra and the peregrine falcons have been busy posing for the cameras on the clifftops.

The number of shags spotted is increasing and some of the nest spots on the Isle of May have already got tenants. It looks as though familiar favourites, Charlie and Lola, are back but we can’t be sure as Charlie appears to have lost his darvic ring.

Several young cormorants have been visiting Craigleith this week as well as the usual gulls, fulmars and occasional peregrine.

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Wildlife sightings 8 February 2018

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

Well, Fidra is filling up with fulmars, which are providing an easy food source for two peregrines that have their nesting sight there. On the Isle of May we have had lots of older seal pups come to visit. Our best count was 16. Guillemots have been seen on Isle of May and Fidra very early. Craigleith has common gulls, fulmars and a few cormorants. Dunbar camera is back on and there have been a fair few eiders swimming around the harbour. The Camera on the Bass is still pointing at the sky looking for that very first gannet.

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Wildlife sightings 1 February 2018

 

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Mal

Well, the battle between the fulmars and the peregrine is over, and the winner is…… the peregrine. It is back to its normal nesting site on Fidra. More fulmars are also on Fidra and the shags are less abundant. On the Isle of May our late seal pup is getting bigger every day and a few older pups have also been seen, probably for a rest due to the recent stormy weather.

On Craigleith there seems to be an increase of gulls along with the shags. We think that, since local fishing boats have been in the area, there might be easy pickings for the birds. The Bass has had very few sightings just the occasional gull – hopefully we will see gannets soon!

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