Greetings from The Brothers Islands! It has been an interesting week here on the islands with drastically different weather conditions each day. Some days were hot sunny and calm and others were rainy with peak winds of over 40 mph. Spirits have been high however and we have done our best to stay warm and dry as we scramble across rocks looking for visitors to our little slice of Scotland.
The nesting season continues to truck along with dozens of black guillemot nests popping up daily. Our new common tern pair (or Stewie and Rita as we like to call them) are finally peacefully at home on Eastern Brothers. Our resident common tern Reggie has even been joining in on protecting their new nest.
Stewie and Rita have successfully produced two new eggs in their new nesting spot just a stones throw away from our main tern decoy setup. We have been keeping tabs on the nest regularly and we are hopeful that they will hatch by the end of the month of June!
In other news, for several weeks we had a pair of Canadian geese nesting on Western Brothers and we are excited to say that their 5 eggs have hatched. Soon after we discovered that the eggs had hatched the pair departed from the island and have not been seen since. Hopefully the goslings made it through their several mile swim to a safer location on the main land or a neighboring island.
Until next time!