Comments Keep up with comments here: the HALL of EINAR on Never argue with a thistle…I think that the is the Musk Thistle, Carduus nutans the HALL of EINAR on Chasing Broad-Bodied ChasersThanks Phil - it's great to have your company - I hope you'll enjoy my blog as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. Phil on Chasing Broad-Bodied ChasersFound your blog after following a couple of links of Facebook - fantastic! Cheers, Phil the HALL of EINAR on Orange Tip without the orange tipsThat's great news - they are very lively! microtis on Orange Tip without the orange tipsOrange tips having a great year in Kent it seems! the HALL of EINAR on Great Crested GrebeMany thanks to you for coming to visit Patricia. It's a pleasure to have your company :) Patricia Lopez de Tejada on Great Crested GrebeThank you David for all the beautiful things you show us. Lesser by name, great by nature – the HALL of EINAR on Herring Gull – forty years ago in my nature notebooks[…] darker on the back and wings than the more familiar Herring Gull and to me seem very much like the Yellow Legged Gulls I’ve photographed in Italy. Maybe the red eye-ring has something to do with […] the HALL of EINAR on Nuts!I read your words imagining a grainy black and white film with a heavy jazz soundtrack. Is that how it really is? :) kate on Nuts!I have the fattest grey squirrels on the planet. and lots of them. i have come home from school to see a dozen scatter from under the bird feeder. i think they come from miles around to feed at my house. moira on Ola Gorie – beauty and tradition in OrkneyHi, I have a set of 1973 Ola Gorie silver cufflinks for sale if you are interested Rebecca on Essential advice for bird photographyFunny! the HALL of EINAR on Holly Blue Butterfly, without the HollyThanks Charles - they're a beautiful butterfly. I hope to see you when you're in Dorset. maeshowe on Holly Blue Butterfly, without the HollyHi David I have not as yet seen the Holly Bluebut there are some in Dorset which I hope to see maybe this year. Lovely pix. ATB Charles the HALL of EINAR on Italian Wall Lizard sunbathing in AprilYes, Giovanni, the Italian Wall Lizards weren't in Westray! They were where they belong - in Italy. They were near Putignano in Puglia in the far south of Italy. They seem to have spread in different parts of the world very successfully - in fact they are reported as a case study in rapid evolution after several different subspecies have formed in island populations. Please tell me more about your research. Giovanni Zappia (@gzappia64) on Italian Wall Lizard sunbathing in AprilHi, I was doing some research on Italian Wall Lizards and found this post. Nice pictures, can you tell me where they were taken? I assume not in Westray. There are Italian wall lizard living in Long Island, the Bronx spreading to Connecticut and Boston; also in New Jersey, Kansas and Los Angeles. the HALL of EINAR on Swallows in the airIt's my pleasure Karen. It's a shame that so little thought is put into giving our wildlife a home when so little effort is needed to make room for it. I hope your Swallows find another nesting site. Karen Harvey aka 'Poet on the Beach' on Swallows in the airAbsolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing these pictures. Swallows always nest in the eaves and under the guttering of the 4 story high flats opposite my dining room, but the flats have been upgraded, thick insulation boards have been added to the outside of the building which has taken the outer wall to the edge of the Sofits so there is no overhang at all. I saw them flying round a few weeks ago and I was so sad for them. I hoped they would nest under our Sofits but we live in a bungalow so I don't think they...the HALL of EINAR on The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #2Thank you :) They're beautiful birds. I'll take a new look at Wood Pigeons after your comments. I did see a Cuckoo fly out in front of my bicycle last week and for a moment thought I was seeing a Sparrowhawk! microtis on The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #2Magnificent photographs of a stunning bird :-) I've seen the odd example before - I can't remember exactly where but probably Brittany and possibly the SW English coast As far as mimicry is concerned, I have little to add except to observe that to my mind the Wood Pigeon looks uncannily raptor-like - until it lands and waddles around my garden like an over-weight turkey. the HALL of EINAR on Agile feetThanks Nigel for your kind comment. I've been careful with my impulse control ever since! the HALL of EINAR on Agile feetAgreed. And it doesn't even really fit in my pocket! microtis on Agile feetI want to press a 'Like' button on all your blog posts David, but this warrants the shedding of a little tear that your childhood disappointment was entirely justified. the HALL of EINAR on The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit WestrayPuffins tend to come in from the sea in the evening - although at certain times they're visible all day - depends upon the stage of their nesting and chick feeding. Noup is ideal for Gannets now - even though they only started nesting there in the last few years. And everything is weather dependent! I hope you have a fabulous time. Let us know? David Savile on The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit WestrayI'm definitely not coming on 11th May 2017. If I don't go to Castle of Burrian, the puffins I miss by not going...will they have been there during the day, or will they have been at sea and only there in the evening? Also by not visiting Noup Head that day too, will I miss loads of gannets?