I’ve known for two months that today’s announcement was coming, but was asked to keep it confidential, and didn’t tell anyone, and today Ailsa and I were both recipients of a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to conservation, and the response from many on Facebook today has been great.
And the day started with us both on the beach by 6am doing a survey of the dotterel chicks at South Bay – really pleasing to see the few ones there still alive. So many did not make it earlier in the season. They might just manage to hold their own this year, if these ones do make it all the way to fledging.
Tomorrow morning is checking the Hutton’s Shearwaters. I last checked them Xmas morning, and we had 8 chicks, up from 1 the week before. Could be as many as 17 if I got all the egg laying dates somewhere near right. Have two new recorders to set up, on burrows that are being visited by new arrivals.
Just had a few friends around for dinner, and a wee celebration. Allowed myself 5ml of a 30 year old Highland Park single malt I have on the top shelf. Delicious!