Saturday 17 May 2008
© Vic Froome
Godin © PKV
Catherine and Paul joined Tara, Darcy and Louise from Island Rib at 4
pm for a
trip across to Godin. The timing this year was absolutely spot on, in
only had a one day delay to our first attempt. The trip is of course
at Great Cormorant, which nest earlier than other seabirds.
journey across slight seas to the Humps. Approaching Godin, we saw
few Cormorants on the rocks and a small raft of eight Common
rowed us ashore and we carefully approached the cormorant colony. The
saw were just about perfect for ringing, with none large enough to make
successful bid for the sea. The small team worked the colony, ringing eleven chicks (21 ringed on the visit
on 19 May 2007). One nest with eggs and two with two/three young too
ring. Otherwise all the young seen were ringed.
a very modest season for Cormorant, possibly with some nests washed out
big March storm. Also worrying – only two Common Guillemot eggs
seen and the
main breeding areas seem empty. Also Shag poor again, although around
with eggs was better than we saw in 2007. Fishermen and divers continue
report that the sea around Guernsey is very turbid, and it seems that
many Shag may not have reached breeding condition and are therefore not
species that seems to be doing well is Great Black-backed Gull, with c
nests, with several young chipping out of the eggs or just hatched. One
was found dead having swallowed a fishhook and then been trapped by the
the sea beet and mallow.
flushed two Greater Whitethroats from the vegetation and one Northern
from the beach. A Grey Seal was bobbing in the sea.
was very satisfying to get out to Godin on time and to get our first
inkling of the seabird season ahead. On the return journey we passed
Grande Fauconniere, which appeared almost deserted of breeding Shags,
the southern edge of Jethou. One wonders how long the species can
breeding success before the population enters a serious decline.
thanks again to Tara and Island Ribs for helping us with our seabird