Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Soup and Quackers

A good old fashioned 'pea-souper' limited the visibility on the census (and made things tricky for the Starling research team to read any of the bird's colour rings), but despite this a number of wetland birds made it to the island giving a varied bunch of highlights.

Singles of Scaup (on Golden Water), Tufted Duck and Goldeneye made for a good duck day with the biggest rare of all being the Coot on Da Water (our second this year!). The Moorhen reappeared in Gully where it was promptly trapped and a Black-tailed Godwit was also on Da Water.

One of these is a very exciting bird on Fair Isle.
Our new staff Chris (Cook) and Lindsey (Domestic Assistant) are settling in nicely (empty plates all round, which is always a good sign) and Lindsey has just headed off to knitting. I'm not sure how much knitting is done at these evenings but I'm sure Lindsey will know a lot more about everything (and everyone) on the island by the time she gets back!

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