|Love birds on the cliffs.|
|Lots of fuss as the kittiwakes reaffirm their pair bonds on the nesting ledges.|
|A bit of rest needed as well.|
|Gathering flocks of kittiwakes glittering on the sea off the island.|
Today a handful of shags have started to come onto the island and hang around their nesting ledges at the Maidens where as yesterday it was hard to find one. As for puffins well the numbers hanging around off the island have been building to a few hundred and then this morning a puffin flew down Fluke Street and another was actually seen on the ground behind the Assistant Keepers cottage. Any day now we expect to wake up and find the cliffs full of them. Even the vegetation is showing signs of gradually awakening, on the warmer west side the sea campion is greening up, the fescues putting out shoots faster than the rabbits can trim them while on the east side, exposed to the cold winds, progress is much slower.
In a more normal year much of this all would have happened before I get onto the island, last year, an early year, the first shag egg was laid on 12 March, this year we will be lucky to see one by the 12 April. So though it is cold and quiet I can't wait to get out each morning to see what is happening next.
|The fulmars are also back on the cliffs in numbers.|