Saturday, 24 April 2010

A Canalag?

The wind finally moved out of the north today, to a very wet SE'ly. A very few birds arrived, including a Ring Ouzel and a couple of Black Redstarts but strangest sight was the hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose in amongst the large flock of geese still present.

I've heard back from the Sea Eagle folks and our bird was a first year male released on the east coast in 2009. Prior to arriving on Fair Isle, it was last been seen at Alyth, Perthshire on 16th March. This morning it was seen on Shetland Mainland.

Building work at the New Obs has (predictably) finally reached crisis point and we have no option now but to cancel most of our May bookings as the building will not be habitable in time. It has been a terrible decison to make and I have spent the whole afternoon on the phone, passing on the bad news to our booked guests. Thankfully, virtually everybody was very understanding of our predicament and although disappointed at not being able to come to the new obs they also felt sorry for us. Some have managed to find space in the B&Bs but others cannot and to these we have offered a free holday at some other time as some form of consolation. I can only apologise again to those people affected and Thank you for being so understanding. I would also like to thank the other B&Bs and Margo & Bill of Springfield for rallying round to try and help us.

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