Peep, peeeeeeeep, peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!
That's the sound I've been hearing on walks through the village. Once again, it looks like Oystercatchers are nesting within the Head Dyke and what a noise they make when someone gets a wee bit too close to their nest site!
One of my tasks is to record the territories and, if possible, the nest sites of these birds on Hirta. I knew the general location of one nest as the birds weren't shy with their alarm calls. I had thought the bird might be nesting within a cleit so I took a torch and checked a few - the only thing I found were some sheep sheltering from the wind.
Next tactic was to pick a spot behind the head dyke and scan the area. It actually wasn't long before I spotted the nest....
....on top of a cleit! I guess the pair have a nice view, but the chicks are going to have a fair fall to the ground once they hatch.