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Mick Tarts Year

21/08/2010 - Island Life

We have been busy getting the garden at the croft sorted after being away for a year while it was being renovated. The cottage is lovely now, warm and cosy and a lovely big kitchen.

This is the first year I have heard the corncrake. So near to the croft, it seems to be calling from all around in the field north of us but there is no way we can get to see it as it is so secretive it likes to hide in the long grass. May 2nd is the first time I heard it. It moved to the south field later then we heard no more, we do not know it if found a mate or just went away. Also earlier the Bullfinch was in the garden, this is a first for us as we have no fruit trees which they like to eat the buds of, I also saw the female with the mail the next day but have not seen them again, although I know a lady living further south of the island had them in her garden

Today I saw the Reed bunting it was on the fence and came into the garden, looks like it is feeding young, had a mouthful of food, good to see it here again had not seen it for some years.

There are several birds missing in the last few years, like the Sky Lark, Whinchat, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Siskin, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Lapwing, Long tailed tit, these may be somewhere else on the island but we usually get to see them at some time.

There are several Barnacle and Greylag geese about, probably this years youngsters but have never known them to stay over the summer, we wonder if the Icelandic volcano had anything to do with why they are still here, it would be interesting to find out. They are often on the field south of us and we can hear them on the shore, we hope they are finding enough to eat.



 

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