The weather has turned just a little wetter the last few days and the numbers of visitors have dropped off and yet for those that come regardless of the weather, then there are fine rewards on the Isle of May to be had.
Today was a fine example, it rained for most of the morning, combined with heavy fog and this made a fairly uninspiring sort of day. Visitors obviously thought so as only 39 made it across on the 2 boats but those few passengers found a different world. As the boats approached the island the fog burnt away, the rain cleared and the island glowed in the sun. And on the island was pretty much the whole of the100 000 Isle of May puffin population. Towards the end of the season you can get some of the most impressive puffin days of the year. There are many parents still whizzing in bringing fish to pufflings down burrows but many non-breeding birds also come back onto the island for a bit of socialising. The poor weather had kept the birds on the island and every part seemed covered with puffins and the sky darkened with waves of puffins sweeping overhead. On any upstanding rocks puffins gathered with plenty of communicating going on and many had muddy bellies where they might have been doing a little bit of burrow work.
These big puffin days at the end of the season are so of the most exhilarating of the year.
Puffins gathering outside burrows on a slope at Colm's Hole.