Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Eider down First incubating Eider on nest near the lighthouse

Fulmsar Fulmar’s paired up

Sunday 22nd April comments: The Isle of May NNR seabird breeding season is underway…at long last. Eventually the weather appears to have turned the corner as the cold easterly winds have given way to bright sunshine (it felt like summer yesterday!) and it was most welcomed by visitors and birds alike.

As a direct result the breeding seabirds have responded and the first incubating Eider duck was discovered sitting yesterday (21st) whilst Greater Black-backed Gulls were on eggs from 16th April. We still have a long way to go but its a start.

The Auks look more settled with thousands of Puffins present whilst the cliff-tops are slowly coming into life with Shags collecting nest material. We’re still some way from calling it a full-on breeding season but that will happen in due course. As they say, onwards and upwards.

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