July 31st   Leave a comment

I’ve been away on the West Coast – white-tailed eagles, black guillemots, pine martens, dragonflies and common lizards in abundance. There is such a huge difference in the numbers of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects between our intensively managed and farmed east and the more laissez-faire west. It’s a shame the price we have to pay for efficient food production. There are many more ticks and midges, of course, which I am not missing at all now I am back. There is a lot to be said for a summer evening where you can actually venture out of doors.

It’s been a great year for breeding terns on both the west and east coast. The May Island has fledged a large number of arctic terns this year and there were juvenile common terns everywhere along the coast at Ardnamurchan last week. The fate of our seabirds is up and down a lot at the moment, with doom and gloom coming out of Shetland, so it’s really nice to see the thousands of seabirds that look like they are doing OK off Crail as well as off Mull last week. The seabird spectacle off Crail is at its height just now, with the puffins finishing soon. Last night there were a lot loafing on the water a kilometre or so out. They may have had some chicks with them, though they tend to leave at night without any trace.

Juvenile arctic tern

Juvenile arctic tern

Posted July 31, 2014 by wildcrail in Sightings

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