Trip reports

Isle of May

Isle of May
Keith Barnes

Saturday, 22 May 2010

There were lots of puffins and guillemots on the water and we sailed around the island to get close views of the grey seals basking on the rocks. A group of arctic terns greeted us as we arrived on the island and after a brief talk from the warden we were left to wander around for the next 3 hours. The ledges on the cliffs were full of guillemots, razorbills and shags. There was some puffin activity, delivering beaks full of sand-eels but we were a little early in the season as many of the puffins were still sitting on eggs in the burrows while their partners were on the sea. On the grassy parts of the island there were many pairs of gulls especially lesser black-backed. A great skua, wheatears and rock pipits were also seen.
On the return to Anstruther a peregrine falcon was perched on the edge of the cliffs. Unfortunately there was no time to visit the award winning fish and chip shop, where the queue was enormous, before we boarded the coach for the long drive back to Inverness after a very satisfying day.