Over the last few days we have all been hard at work doing various jobs around the island.
Kerry, our long term volunteer from last year has come back for a couple of weeks to help out and see the island at a different time of year. The island is different from how she left it last year, all the terns have now left so no more watches and the work has shifted to the practical side of things.
She has been kept busy collecting all the tern shelters, canes and helping bringing in ther tern hides, weeding around the buildings, cleaning out store rooms, helping out with visitor work.
David and Callum have a built a great raised vegetable patch in the garden as we are having a water tank on the old vegetable patch. Hopefully this will be in use next season and will also help keep the rabbits out. They have also created a new bench in the Wash House using drift wood that has been washed around the island, recycling it to make a seat for visitors to rest out of the elements.
On the bird migration front we have had easterly winds and rain that have brought a few more common migrants in, including two Black Redstarts, a Whinchat, several Pied Flycatchers, Robins, Goldcrest and Willow Warblers. We also still have a Chiffchaff that has been summering on the island. It was first ringed in early spring and is still here today; it clearly loved the island so much it decided to stick around. Not sure it will be thinking that in the coming weeks as the autumn kicks in when the temperature starts to plummet, the winds begin to blow and the Grey Seals season begins. It’s all change!