May 15th   Leave a comment

There was a steady stream of arctic terns past Fife Ness today and a few common terns. All of the eiders going past were males apart from one – the females are all sitting tight on eggs and the males have nothing further to do for the year. In a couple of weeks we should expect the first rafts of eider chicks to make their way to us from the May Island accompanied by the females: they pool their chicks into large crèches to dilute the risk from predators like gulls. A flock of turnstone briefly touched down on the rocks at the very tip of Fife Ness. Five very handsome summer plumage birds on their way to the high Arctic with their start of breeding perhaps even weeks away.

A handsome summer plumage turnstone on its way to breed in the high Arctic

A handsome summer plumage turnstone on its way to breed in the high Arctic

Posted May 15, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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