Many thanks to Ritchie for the pictures.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Two of the three managed to fly off, in an uncontrolled way, crashing into the ground about ten metres away. The third sat, absolutely still, in one of the vegetable beds.
There was no sign of them in the back garden today, nor any sign of the parents.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Friday, 28 April 2017
With hardly a breath of wind it was a perfect morning for....
We had a bad moment when the neighbour's cat was seen round the back of the house but we've now built an entanglement of wire around the area below the nest which should deter him.
The male is definitely pulling his weight. At times both of them are around the nest. One thing we miss: he's so busy he hasn't time to sit in the tops of the trees and sing.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
To reach the castle from the school is quite a walk but these young people set a brisk pace.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
As well as the seaweed, our proximity to the sea is good for washed-up fish boxes, which are an ideal size for growing crops like mixed salad leaves and radishes.
The garden is watered using unchlorinated water which is brought down in blue pipes from the neighbouring burn. There are two standpipes and the green water butt which holds reserves for the occasional dry spell.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Monday, 24 April 2017
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Saturday, 22 April 2017
The first bit of good news is that Mr Thrush is helping to feed his young, and he's now singing very cheerfully in the mornings from the top of the conifer opposite our house.
Friday, 21 April 2017
Kilchoan Early Bird writes, "This ring was found near the lighthouse by a crofter who told me that he'd taken it from a heron who'd come a long way west to die."
It was easy to report the ring as it belonged to Stavanger Museum in Norway. Within two days they had emailed back with this report:
The main points are that it was a grey heron ringed in its nest in May 2016 in Karsto, Norway. It was one of a brood of four. To reach the point of its demise, it had travelled 744km - nearly 500 miles.
The British population doesn't migrate but Wikipedia states that, "some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn." So it may be that the heron had been on Ardnamurchan for some time.
Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for pictures and story.