Winter sightings from Observatory. January 2014
The wet winter has not stopped our wildlife from getting out and about at Corry Meadows.
Our pair of White Tailed Eagles have been seen almost every day visiting their normal perches and eating fish on the rocks.
Amonst other regular visitors have been Red Breasted Mergansers, Grey Lag Geese, Widgeon, Teal, Mallard, Grey Lag Geese, Mute Swans, Little Grebe, Cormorants, Shag, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Heron, Red Throated and Great Northern Divers, Buzzards, Ravens, Tawny and Barn Owls and Woodcock.
Otters, Red Deer, Grey and Common Seals have been regular visitors plus the less welcome Mink.
Disaster in the Observation Bee-Hive. Jan 2014
Unfortunately our colony of honey bees housed in the Observation Hive did not survive the winter.
In December we noticed the temperture in the hive quite high and a number of dead bees blocking the entrance tube, the bees normally keep the entrance clear but as the numbers were small we helped them clean up. However more and more bees died despite quite modest temperatures and ample food reserves.
With hindsight we suspect keeping the colony in relatively warm conditions may have increased their metabolic rate and reduced their life span, (Normal bees live for around 6 weeks but the winter bees can survive for up to six month).
On the bright side ,our honey-bees housed in the garden hives are looking good and hopefully they will produce some new queens so we can populate the Observation once again.
Observation Hive News 20th July 2013
The Honey Bees are now busy making more bees and all stages of the nursery can be seen.
The Queen has made her long-awaited mating flight and has started to lay eggs and produce young.
This has been helped by the recent introduction of a frame of sealed brood from the sister colony, the emergent workers have reinforced the dwindling numbers and helped to pick up bee-making momentum.
We nervously waited to see how emergent baby bees were accepted by the resident bees minutes after introduction, the new arrivals were welcomed.
Nestcam News. 18th July 2013
Our last swallows have flown, 5 healthy chicks have left the nest but are returning to roost and to get the extra feed from their parents.
The youngsters can be seen flying low over the meadow which is buzzing with insects.
The Blue Tits and Great tits have long gone all a success with 5 and 9 chicks.
22nd May 2013
The nestcams displayed in the Observatory are now a hive of activity.
Our Great Tits are doing well, the 10 eggs have hatched and we have got at least 8 chicks, - they never stay still long enough to count!
The Blue Tits are still sitting on 7 eggs and our Swallows and Pied wagtails have just started nest building.
Our Bat boxes have still not attracted guests but we're working on it!
Obsevation Bee hive is planned to be in operation by May 2013.
Take a privilaged look inside a working beehive and witness the facinating world of bees as they go about their daily business. The glass sided hive is expected to be in operation inside the Corry Meadows Laboratory where guests will have free access to study these amaizing creatures first hand.
The hive is expected to be seasonal and the colony may be returned to the outdoor hive for the winter.
Under sea camera. Come and see the undersea world of Fishnish bay on the underwater CCTV on Corry Meadows Obsevatory. The camera is normally in operation all year round day and night and can provide very interesting viewing for guests.
Bird Box Cameras. A wide range of bird and bat box cameras are in place and can be seen on the tv console in the Observatory at Corry Meadows. We are looking forward to Spring activity and have found the Great tits are already visiting the boxes.
This is a some video of Rotifers filmed using one of the microscopes avavailable in Corry Meadows Laboratory.
Water Bears (Tardigrade) These amazing creatures are abundant on the Isle of Mull. The 8 legged creatures are fotunately less agressive than grizzlies can be seen only with the aid of microscopes.
Come and see them in the Laboratory at Corry Meadows.(Open all year round for guests at Corry Meadows self catering cottages)
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