Being on a small island tends to change your perspective a bit but I reckon just about everyone, island or not, gets a real lift when "their " swallows come back each spring. And we are no exception. Last year we had swallows breeding on the island for only the second time in 18 years so it was magic to see them back around the island, this time it looks like 3 pairs might breed. I am sure I recognise one of the birds from last year but I could be mistaken. So we will be watching the outbuildings here on Fluke Street very carefully as well as the Wash house at the top of the island for nest building though it does seem a bit cold to produce much in the way of food for them .
|View of the colonty.|
|Nesting platform inspection.|
|The local oystercatchers that nest in the tern colony will be in two minds, the terns protect them fro gull predation but oh the noisy neighbours.|
|Some of the nesting paltforms all ready to go.|
|The tern watching hide up at the Beacon, all spruced up and reapired by Kerry, one of our long-term volunteers.|