Monday, 25 April 2011

The Eagle Has Not Landed

Bah, no sign. Our second late lunch in a row (many thanks to Chris in the kitchen for being so understanding!) saw a line of expectant eyes trained to the south, but sadly the White-tailed Eagle missed us completely. A few birds were still around including a Crossbill that keeps taunting us by almost venturing into various traps, a female Grey-headed Wagtail and a nice show from the Subalpine Warbler early this morning only. An unusual gull (with some Thayer's-like characteristics) that has given a few views in recent days was again seen, but perhaps the paleness may be related to extreme wear or leucism, hopefully there will be better views soon to be able to draw a conclusion from this frustrating bird.

As well as not saying hello to an eagle, we also said goodbye to Joseph Cooper who has been volunteering on the island for the past fortnight (with assistance from the John Harrison Memorial Fund). We miss him already, his enthusiasm and bubbliness made him a popular member of the Obs team. Safe journey back to Brighton Joseph, we hope to see you again soon and thanks for the kind comments in the 'chatty log'.

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