A very short week! I could get used to this double bank holiday malarkey!! The western ho came on Wednesday which is a massive beach landing craft that can hold 100+ people and he brought 6! No, it is not a typo! 6 people! So I spent the day guiding them around the island. The were all really nice people though and left a good comment in the visitor book!
Having spend Monday and Tuesday off Thursday meant weekly checks and clean a general boring but necessary day on the island including nest sweeping the managed side of the island you would think that they would have learnt by now not to nest on the managed side of the island.
Me and sarah have named a larger gull... Waddles who lives on the suburbs of the colony! We have been watching him grow, he is now Losing his first downy feathers and gaining the juvenile gull colouring most people are familiar with! It is so nice to see although he is a bit twp (daft/silly) and has got himself stuck on the managed side of the fence a few times much to mam/dad gulls dislike! They mate for life and both parents look after the nest which is awesome and they definitely get more respect from me for that!
Friday was storm day and wet play day and I cannot really describe the magical disastrous waves and sea spray and winds we had it was awesome and although it killed some brassica on the island they whole island has changed with nettles being killed and some thistle. We are hoping it will encourage our maritime species to grow back as the nettles were starting to dominate.
Saturday the society working day was cancelled so it was survey what the storm did to the island day, fortunately here wasn't a lot of damage and we were glad to see that some chicks had survived the 49knots of wind!!
Sunday, duty day and I was about the feed the lambs when the gulls went mental. Looking out for a buzzard I was shocked to see a massive bird in the sky! Frantically phoning Sam to come put with his camera/binoculars I kept my eyes on the bird! It was a heron of some description although the jury is still put as to whether it is a grey heron or a great blue which has been blown off course with the atlantic storm!
And so it's Monday again, and early three hour trip meant up at early doors! I started tidying the night before but it still meant that we had to be ready for the 9am boat double tipping all the jerry cans had to be at the jetty! We had a group of middle aged women coming on and we had a tour guide so while she was taking the tour we tried to untangle the mess that the sheep electric fence had managed to get into with the escaping off all sheep although they are too easy at the moment to get in with sheep nuts! Yay
Other awesome news for the island is that the GBB Great black backed gulls have had chicks and there are two successful chicks on the nest!
It's nice everyone is back on the island at the moment so hopefully with get a lot done this week!!