A pretty big group of staff and vols had a fanstastic evening at Troup Head yesterday, with some of the best wildlife sightings we've had up there all summer. Our Seabird City evenings have been really well attended so far but, perhaps because of the rain, perhaps because people are heading out on holiday we only saw around four people last night, right at the beginning of the evening. That left myself, Emma (who'd come to check on the gannet chicks) and four volunteers to sit back on the cliff top and watch the seas.

I'd been watching puffin all day on the Troup Head live camera at Macduff Aquarium and as well as three on the cliff there were at least 20 in a flock on the water just below us. The usual Bonxies made their mark, either six of them or one that kept flying past over and over, fighting with the gannets and cruising over our head looking at the Shetland fudge Emma had bought along. Then right at the end of the night, I was watching a male peregrine cruise past flushing the kittiwakes when Cain one of our short term volunteers, called out for a brief sighting of a Minke Whale surfacing just under the cliff. Despite some searching he was the only one that got on to it (personally, I think he's making it up, but he swears he wasn't. We might give him the benefit of the doubt just this once!) but we know there has been Minke in the area with sightings from Macduff harbour fairly recently.

We will be having two more Seabird City evenings before the seabirds start to move out to sea and the cliff becomes quieter and, even on a slightly damp day you can guarantee some amazing wildlife. And perhaps a better sight of that whale next time...