Monday is a momentous day here on the island. Visitors can arrive on Monday because COVID restrictions are being eased and travel is possible over the England/Scotland border and across Scotland and to the islands. It seems the steady trickle of visitors we’ve had in the last few weeks will become a stronger flow as we move towards the summer. The change in easing must have also been picked up at ‘Migration Central’ because the first Corncrake have arrived on the island this week. This may be a crucial year for Corncrake on Tiree because numbers have been falling quite dramatically elsewhere despite initiatives to build the population. In 2014 there was a record count of 1283 calling males. By 2019 this number had dropped to just 872 – of which 298 were recorded on Tiree.