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It was a dark and rainy day…

Thursday, November 17th 2016

Not a dark and stormy night, but a dark and rainy day (with occasional sleet) at Foxglove today.

We and our intrepid volunteers (thank you!) braved the weather in small doses (wherever possible) to complete some of the outdoor jobs: Swapping benches through the workshop for new coats of oil, a little bit of tree work, rodding drains, checking water flows, adding grip to some steps…

But it also seemed a good day to tackle some jobs under cover: oiling benches, repairing leaks in waders, a bit of office work, filing bird ringing records, cleaning the outdoor lights and signs on our verandas and redoing the Foxglove logo on our blackboard.

Our camera network is undergoing improvements at the moment. Thanks to David and Steven who braved the wild weather to continue this today. I caught them on my less-fancy camera outside our office checking a junction box…

We also updated our latest interactive map of our bird ringing recoveries –which includes quite a few storm petrels from our ringing at Faraid Head, near Cape Wrath. Perhaps of particular excitement were the one we caught which was originally ringed in Norway and the one that was caught again the day after we ringed it over 200km away on Fair Isle, Shetland!

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