I am in Edinburgh with most of the group for a couple of days. I head home on the 5th after I have some time to shop for wool scarves and goodies! During my time in Edinburgh and on the plane I hope to get to some of the boat load of images that need my attention. Anyone that knows me knows that I like to get the images from each trip sorted and processed before heading home or they will sit for a long, long time in my files! My Puffin Trip report will be posted soon.
Even with the semi-rainy weather that we’ve had in the UK, our trip turned out to be fantastic. We had a couple of full days on Farne and a half day so it was not bad. In addition to the great company we shared some delicious dinners at my favorite Italian restaurant. We also did a lot of exploring and had some good Photoshop sessions. Positive attitudes are paramount when things don’t go as planned and the group rallied together and made the very best of every situation.
During one of our days around the harbor, a man came up to me and said that a nesting pair of swallows lost their nest when it fell apart and the chicks fell to the ground. He said the chicks were helpless and he didn’t know what to do. It was cold and rainy and they were on his stoop. I immediately thought of Carlotta Grenier–mother hen herself! She went straight to work collecting the chicks in a towel while I made a temporary nest near where the chicks had fallen with some protection from predators.
The man said he would continue to watch them and feed them until he was able to get someone there to help. The birds were pretty big, two of them were in good shape when we left them. Hopefully the nest will be rebuilt next year and the young swallows will have many years of life thanks to Carlotta’s motherly instincts. The snapshot above shows the chicks huddled together on the man’s back step.