Yeezy Boost V2
3/4 June 2006
was an overnight visit by Catherine and Paul, with Louise Soanes and
first visit to Burhou in 12+ years! It was fabulous to be back. C 21
on Burhou with a further 18+ on Little Burhou. Ringed 28 Shag pulli.
quite late – with most nests with eggs/small young – also
norm = two young. There
were three nests with three nestlings and several with one chick.
Black-backed Gulls more numerous than last time I was on Burhou –
protection project is having an impact. Puffins with c 100 occupied
indicating relatively stable population of recent years (despite
dramatic increase in Lesser Black-backed Gulls).
10 Cormorant nests on Little Burhou but young too big and mobile to be
approach across the final gully. Only two medium/large cormorant chicks
on rocks of Little Burhou closest to Burhou.
few gull chicks hatched yet. Most Lesser Black-backed Gulls were still
highlights came after dark. Put 1 x 18m and 2 x 12m nets at East End
Catherine and team put some of the nets in previous years). There was a
Moon which set at 2 am. First catch of Storm Petrels at 2245 hrs
– then a rush
until 2 am, then steadier until final catch at 0330 (when gulls were
the air and the light returned).
39 new birds and 60+ retraps/controls. Wonderful experience! Also value
beginning to accrue from ringing/retrap data. The colony must be much
than estimates of 60+ pairs!
several birds flying in against the moon – surprisingly fast
birds both low in nets and also in tops shelves and also both sides of
nets. Heard one petrel churring very loudly from rocky ridge for 10+
Bracken is very low, more restricted than my last visit 12+ years ago.
much browned by the wind.
Found Rock Pipit on nest
with eggs and young in rabbit burrow in centre of island, and a pair of
Northern Wheatear on the island (possible breeding?).