• Egg raiders

Egg raiders

The cliffs and stacks are full of nesting birds at the moment. We counted eighteen pairs of fulmars high up on the stacks and there are many more shags a bit further down. Down nearer sea level there are black guillemots, and the rock doves are nesting in the caves. High up on the cliffs there is a raven’s nest with chicks already.

On our daily walk along the cliffs we spotted three casualties – three eggs which have been predated by something. What could have taken them? Ravens, hooded crows, greater black-backed gulls and bonxies (great skuas) will all take eggs. However these three were quite neatly placed on the top of the cliff and it may be more likely that the culprit is a pine marten!

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