Thursday 17 September 2009

Leaving day

Joe with his trusty camera - the blog will miss his photos!

Paul at his best - in a zodiac boat

Thursday 17th September comments:
It’s been an eventful week on the islands, as we’ve experienced huge whales, rare birds and some stunning weather. However today was a sadder day, as we said goodbye to two members of the team. With the autumn well on its way the island team is reduced as warden’s move onto pastures new.

Today Joe Cockram and Paul McDonald said goodbye to the Farnes after a great season, having spent the previous six months living and working on the islands. Both lads brought a lot to the Farnes and I’m certain neither one will forget an amazing experience. Joe will start at Bournemouth University in the very near future and we wish him well – it’ll certainly be very different to island life. Paul will begin a year’s adventure touring Canada, so I’m certain island life will probably have trained him well for the wilderness of North America.

We wish them both all the very best and, lads, if your reading this, a big thank-you for all your hard work and great company. Despite there departure, I’m sure they’ll be back in the future and already we look forward to their return. Tonight the atmosphere has been subdued, they’ll be missed.

Highlights: Common Rosefinch present for its fourth day on the islands, otherwise very quiet for migrant birds.


Jan said...

Thanks Joe for all your photos, and all the best to you and to Paul.

kezia said...

Oh How sad bye Joe and Paul , did Paul have shoes on in the Zodiac ??? I wish them both well I am sure they must have had a wonderful 6 months and you will miss them loads David , what an experience for both of them I am sure one they will never forget .
Good luck to them both and thanks to you both xx
PS would have sent a message earlier but major computer probs !!