September 6th   Leave a comment

This morning the sea was flat calm. Like earlier this year after the puffins fledged it was easy to see that a lot of gannets have been fledging over the last few days. There were probably a hundred or so young gannets resting on the sea spread out in front of Crail. I suspect they made their first flight out from Bass Rock yesterday and then spent their first independent night sitting on the sea. A lot of these birds will have moved on as the wind got going today. I think calm weather is good for them for their first night out, if not their first flight. If it is stormy then many of them get washed onto the shore and some don’t make it back out to sea again.

Newly fledged gannet resting on the sea

Posted September 5, 2011 by wildcrail in Sightings

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