Wow- has it really been over a month since my last blog?! Unfortunately life has gotten in the way with my time being occupied by work, the festive period and what feels like a never ending dose of the common cold! The joys of winter in Scotland!
As a new year begins I have been reflecting on 2015 and all of the amazing adventures I had so I thought I would share some of my highlights:
When the year began I was volunteering at the Scottish Owl Centre in Whitburn, West Lothian (www.scottishowlcentre.com). The centre is shut to the public over the winter so we could perform essential maintenance tasks and build new aviaries for the start of a new breeding season. One of our main projects was to build a raised aviary for the Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) which included a nest box camera to gain more information on their nesting behaviour. This proved to be a great success with the public enjoying excellent views of the eggs and incubation feeding live from underground during the summer months. For more information follow @ScotOwl or on Facebook Scottish Owl Centre.
|Burrowing Owls enjoying their new aviary (photo Scottish Owl Centre, Facebook page)|
|The Mull of Galloway (photo Laura Shearer)|
|RSPB Mull of Galloway team 2015: (left-right) Iain Houston, Robert Conn and Laura Shearer|
|Colour ringing shag chicks on Craigleith (photo Laura Shearer)|
|Proud as punch ringing an adult shag (photo Elizabeth Morgan)|
|Juvenile cuckoo on migration (photo Laura Shearer)|
I'm excited for 2016 and look forward to continue sharing my wildlife encounters!