The BOC meeting was interesting, it was a good chance to catch up with representatives of other Observatories and the BTO and share experiences of our work and thanks to SBBO for being excellent hosts.
Not much was happening bird-wise as I left Fair Isle (the snow gradually melted over three days or so), so I was fairly relaxed about being off the island and was even more pleased when I met up with David Steel (heading up to his new role on the Isle of May) and we picked up the Black Scoter off Cheswick in Northumberland (and fish and chips in Seahouses).
|Although it was a very distinctive bird when viewed through the scope (butterbill being a great name for the male of the species), the distant meant that views through the camera were not as convincing. I think this is it!|
|A distant Kingfisher through a fence - a rarer bird on Fair Isle than Harlequin!|
|Harlequin in the company of a Goldeneye.|
|With a 400mm lens, it was pretty difficult to get the whole bird in view as this uncropped image shows! What a great bird!|
|Oystercatcher numbers have built up to at least 36.|
|There's nothing like getting excited over a Woodpigeon to remind you of what it's like birding in the Northern Isles in winter!|
|Chaffinches are often one of the earliest migrants, but this is an early date for birds to be moving through (although small numbers are not unusual as overwintering birds).|
There are a few daffodils in the garden, new birds coming through and the deadline for staff applications coming up at the end of the week, it's starting to feel distinctly sort of spring-like.
|A wonderful aurora last night wasn't matched by the quality of my photos, but it was nice to get back to the family and have the bonus of Northern Lights and birds coming through.|