Grey Seals enjoying the sun (c) Richard Brown
Grey Seals come ashore to breed in the autumn, but it is still not fully understood why they haul out at this time of year. The most likely theory is that they come out to dry out their fur and enjoy the heat of the sun, both of which help to conserve energy. That temperature is important is supported by the observation that they always haul out in areas out of the cold wind.
Watching them in their undisturbed environment is fantastic, and with such large mammals perched awkwardly on exposed rocks, comedy moments are plentiful.
Yawning Grey Seal (c) Richard Brown
Wheatear numbers are gradually starting to increase and can be seen perched along the walls of the South End and West Coast. The first Chiffchaff of the year was caught and ringed in the Heligoland Trap at the Obs. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies are also on the wing, a good sign that spring is finally here!