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Birds, Wildlife and Gardening

Summer on its way?

Recent highlight was this stunning male Black Redstart
Whimbrel sheltering from the cold northerly winds on its way north to arctic breeding grounds
Another species heading north – a Fieldfare leaving Scotland
Always danger about… a watchful Peregrine

Sunday 9th May comments: We have all been talking about it, but slowly and surely things are starting to improve in the weather (we hope). Last week was dominated by yet more cold easterly winds which stopped boats from sailing on three days, which is unusual by even our standards out in the North Sea. For everyone and everything, we just want to see temperatures increase and life to return to normal to allow our breeding seabirds to get on with their business.

Last week myself and Bex were off island on a First Aid training course (its important we are trained as the emergency services are not getting to us quickly out here) and glad to report that we were successful in passing the course. Whilst away the seabirds have been continuing (albeit slowly) their breeding season with more birds on eggs whilst we still await our Terns. We’ll bring you a full seabird breeding updated this week so keep checking the blog. As for migrants, despite the weather birds have still been on the move as our first Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler and Yellow Wagtails of the the year have been recorded. Its been a very slow migration season so far and we look forward to things picking up…

The island remains open daily (weather permitting) and we hope you can join us this summer to experience the sight, sounds and smells of this amazing seabird island. It’s not to be missed and you can keep up to date with all the news on this blog.

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