Friday, 2 April 2010

Home Alone!

Been away from the isle for a few days with Hollie, shopping round Lerwick for bits and pieces for the new Obs. Lachlan, back from his shopping spree in Aberdeen with the Setter 'eens was left in charge of the house and menagerie, a job he seemed to cope with, although judging by the number of times he phoned us, he was obviously a bit bored!! He took delight in informing me he had added Ring Ouzel to the Burkle garden list - a nice male that was still present when we returned on Wednesday afternoon.

Whilst in Lerwick we picked up the Obs people carrier, which has been at the garage since December, filled it to the roof with some of our purchases and drove it down to Grutness. It should hopefully come back to Fair Isle on next week's boat. The weather whilst we were out was atrocious, not as bad as some parts of Scotland, but bad enough! So it was a great surprise when, whilst we were attempting to shelter from the wind and driving rain/sleet in Lerwick on Wednesday afternoon, we were instructed to get to Tingwall! It was apparently clearing and the plane is going! By the time we got back to (now sunny) Fair Isle, it was like it never happened!
Other than the Ring Ouzel, a few more Pied Wagtails, Wheatears, Robins, Song Thrushes, Goldcrests and Chaffinches arrived in my absence.
April Fools Day brought a pre-breakfast Swallow, followed onto the yearlist by a Yellowhammer. The other noteable thing was the increase in Robins, with over 60 logged.
Another couple of additions arrived today - a cracking male Lesser Redpoll and a ringtail Hen Harrier.

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