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Corncrake update: survey results
I have completed my night time surveys and had a good look at the findings, together with information from public reports, and have found that there were 32 calling male corncrakes heard (and verified) in Orkney during the survey period 20 May - 10 July. Island-by-island: Westray - 11 West Mainland...
25 Jul 2012
22/07/12 Local Group - Latest Happenings
Hi Everybody Firstly, I'm attaching photos from Ian Cunningham who sent me them a month ago! He explains as follows: Had a terrific few days in Westray last week. Walked from Kirbest to Noup Head and back and climbed Fitty Hill. Amazing Views! Attached are a few birds seen along the way...
23 Jul 2012
We are now coming up to halfway through the corncrake season in Orkney. A survey of all suitable habitat on the islands has been carried out once (it will be done twice before 10 July) and so far, a total of around 20 calling male corncrakes have been located - both through the surveys and from reports...
20 Jun 2012
A Tern for the better!
It is often said on Papa Westray that the Arctic Terns arrive with the first fogs of the summer, which are usually in May, and year after year, this proves to be true. However, due to bad weather we didn’t really get any fog in May and a survey in late May showed that very few Arctic Terns had...
13 Jun 2012
Introductions from Onziebust and Trumland
Hello, a quick introduction first. I’m Izzy and I will be based at Onziebust reserve, on Egilsay, for the next 9 months. I will also be keeping and eye on the Trumland reserve on Rousay. I’m originally from the (very) southern county of Kent – but seem to keep migrating north. I spent...
14 May 2012
Appeal for reports of corncrakes
It's the time of year when the RSPB in Orkney are asking for public reports of any corncrakes heard around the islands. In Orkney we are proud of being one of the few remaining places in the UK to have corncrakes, and now even have a beer named after them. Any day, we are expecting to hear...
27 Apr 2012
News from Papa Westray
Hello All, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sarah West, and for the next five months I'm going to be working for the RSPB as their Warden on Papa Westray, known affectionately as Papay, one of the smallest inhabited islands in Orkney! I am responsible for looking after the colonies of...
26 Apr 2012
Have Corncrakes returned near you?
Since about the 25 th of April we have had Corncrake reports from around Orkney, please call them in whenever you hear them. To date we have 8 confirmed Corncrakes which is really exciting since we still have nearly a week until the ‘official’ Corncrake breeding season is to start. If...
12 May 2011
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