April 19th   Leave a comment

The seabirds are starting to ramp up to their summer best. Gannets have been streaming by to and from Bass Rock as they start to nest, looking magnificent against the big swell of this week. Kittiwakes have been doing the same except to and from the May Island. Razorbills and guillemots are regular too. It’s still too early for the puffins to be doing this so it’s also too early to get an idea of how much the recent puffin wreck has made a difference to their numbers. One thing is clear now – the wreck was one of the largest ever recorded for puffins and at least 60% of those killed were old enough to breed, so there may well be effects. But seabird numbers do vary naturally due to events like severe storms. We only need to worry if puffins are already suffering because of things like overfishing of sand eels that will prevent them from making a recovery. And that, unfortunately, is probably the case.

Gannet

Gannet

Posted April 21, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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