The fieldwork season for my black guillemot project started again. Yesterday we went to the island groups to have a look around and try to find some nests. There were already about 40 to 50 birds present but thus far we only found 13 nests. We were pleased to see that two of our nest boxes were occupied! A number of nests only contained 1 egg so far, which likely indicates that the black guillemots are still laying. One nest however contained two guillemot eggs and another, unidentified egg! Our guess is that this egg could be from a goosander or red-breasted merganser, but we do not know yet! Let's see what happens to that one… We will soon go out again to try and find more nests and install our cameras.
We have some nest boxes in our garden and one of them has a webcam, which we connected to our television. To our delight we saw that it was occupied by a blue tit last week:) The blue tit uses it every night to sleep and hopefully she will start laying eggs soon! We keep on monitoring and aim to get a link going in case hatchlings appear.
I was interviewed by Västerbottens-Kuriren, a Swedish newspaper, about birdwatching. The piece appeared in the weekend section of last Saturday's (09-05-2015) paper, and can be found here.
I was recently interviewed by a Dutch column writer, Caspar Janssen, from "de Volkskrant", a Dutch national newspaper. He writes about an animal every week, and this week was the week of the hedgehog. Last Saturday it appeared in the newspaper. You can find the column (in Dutch) here.