On Saturday I went out to Orphir and counted the rookery at Midland which a visitor had counted from a distance the previous week. Getting in under the trees made a very significant difference and I counted 137 nests. I checked the nearby historical sites in Orphir as well, at The Gyre and that area, but there were no rooks there.

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Midland, Orphir

Two Orkney birders kindly checked a couple of sites for me, many thanks to DS for counting all the Kirkwall rooks, I was planning to finish that on Tuesday but no need now, very grateful. IC provided some useful information about the Tankerness rooks. All of this added to the database.

I now need to check on the Rousay and Hoy situations.

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Counting this sort of thing is a problem….

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The rookery at Midland, Orphir from a distance.

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