Saturday, 2 June 2012

Rustic Charm

A real spring beauty - Rustic Bunting (Graeme Duncan) 

Top performer (Graeme Duncan) 

5th for the Farnes - male Rustic Bunting (Andy Denton)

Friday 1st June comments: Welcome to June! Its always a tough month for the ranger calendar as the team will operate in top gear, from early morning population counts to dealing with large number of visitors. The islands will be in full swing and hopefully the breeding seabirds will be enjoying an excellent summer.

However during the last two days, our attention has focused on the ‘star of the spring’ as the male Rustic Bunting remained until late last night. For a second day, the bird performed well in its usual spot and the ranger team policed a well organised twitch, with 72 people visiting to enjoy this eastern beauty. A fitting way to finish May and now we’re into June and out attention will focus on the seabirds. It’s been some spring.