A damp start with cloud down to the ground meant census had to be held off for a few hours, but by 10.30 it was clear enough to make it worth heading out. At least 6 Stonechats, including some corking males, brightened up the dour day. A good scattering of Chiffchaffs, Robins, Meadow Pipits plus a few thrushes and Pied Wagtails (and one White) made up the bulk of noteworthy passerines. A Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser and a Short-eared Owl were the non-passerine prize-winners!
The Chalet boys meanwhile resurrected their garden trap and within minutes of attaching the catching box and baiting it with seed, the first bird had made a bee-line straight to it - a REED BUNTING! We didn't even know there was one on the island!
The Burkle house is strangely quiet at the moment. Its kid-free!! Schools have broken up for Easter and Lachlan has gone to Aberdeen with Ruth, Daniel and Amy from Setter to do some shopping for the weekend whilst the three young ones have gone to Kent with Grandma......and then on to Norway for a week-long ski-ing holiday from Sunday!
Its not overly quiet though - Hollie still shouts alot ;-)