Monthly Archives: April 2013

What are the other birds up to?

We’ve been hearing plenty about the seabirds slow return to the island this breeding season and we know the Eiders are back on the island but what about the other breeding birds?  Pied Wagtails have been singing and displaying all … Continue reading

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Finally some moths…..

 We’ve finally trapped our first moths of the season. We trap more or less every night on the island with a large trap attached to mains in the garden or a small battery trap which could be set up anywhere. … Continue reading

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Photo of the sperm whales seen last Thursday.

This photo has been sent through of the sperm whales seen last Thursday from the island. On the island, we were too far away to get photos but this was taken from a microlight flying on the south edge of … Continue reading

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The joys of island compost

Cash, our new long term volunteer (more about her later), and I had a very satisfying morning composting the garden. All last year the kitchen waste had been piling up in the compost bin built by volunteers out of recycled … Continue reading

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We have eggs

We have eggs on the island. First nest to be found (not counting the feral pigeons that seem to push them out all year round) was a greater black-backed gull out on Rona. Not often that they get even a … Continue reading

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Run! Sperm whales at the Mainlight

Island residents on the whale twitch. Instructions on the notice board. Well the title says it all. There I was writing a very dull email about terms and conditions of a filming permit when the phone goes on the window … Continue reading

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Delivering a spectacle

The day started with the island being very quiet. A brief descent of cloud, rain and murk brought down a few migrants that kept low and north, swallows and pipits mainly. And then  a TV crew came out on a … Continue reading

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