Tuesday, 1 April 2014

First eggs of the year!

It has been 11 days since I set foot on the mainland, due to fog and rough seas, but today there was a window and a shower was wonderfully appreciated. As we were in the harbour waiting to return, there were meadow pipits pouring over us, so we were eager to get back. On the islands at the moment are two black redstart, five wheatear, eight goldcrests and a host of over common migrants. There were two main highlights today, the first being a great tit, the first since 2005. The second was a water rail, which I was alerted by when it came and scratched on the window as I was in the basement making a shoe rack. Needless to say it was quite a surprise.
The other nice surprise today was our first shag eggs of the year. This is around 30 days earlier than last year due to the truly awful weather that was had in march and april last year. As a result of this, the shags suffered badly, so let hope that this year they will bounce back!

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe

Happy family!

One content seal!

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