The terns seem to be slow to start nesting this year. Yesterday a maximum of 31 birds came in in mid afternoon but just went to roost, before flying back out to sea. On Monday a maximum count of 16 was seen. In previous years birds would be in full courtship at this stage and starting to actively prospect for nests. In previous years the first eggs were laid around the 20th of May, usually precede by much courtship and display action; this year looks more like end May, a good thing if it pans out, as in this way they will avoid a potentially devastating spring tide!
Going forwards we will particularly need wardening cover over the weekends and on some evenings – please contact myself (0879145362) or Domhnal who is lead ornithologist on site this year (0851511252).