- 29 June 2006
Jamie, Michelle, Catherine
and Paul made a quick visit to Lihou during an afternoon neap tide.
minutes to work the island. Started with gulls on southern roped off
and Michelle had been over the day before and ringed eight Great
Gull chicks and three Herring Gulls on the island.
us we relocated a few of these and added another couple of Great
Gulls. Also ringed a Lesser Black-backed Gull chick in this part of the
There were several
Oystercatcher nests still with eggs. The Ringed Plover nest by the
beach had cracked eggshells (indicating hatching?). However, there was
of either parents or young. Jamie
reported that when first discovered, visitors were disturbing the
parents by inadvertently walking too close due to the build up of
the normal access path up to the island.
The Environment Department had instructed Environment Guernsey
off the area and encourage visitors to access the island via an
then walked around to visit Lihoumel, avoiding two camouflaged
nests with eggs by the Venus pool. The small colony of Cormorants was
interesting. Jamie had ringed 12 from this colony earlier, but there
two new ones to ring, along with three Shags. This small colony is
work. Several big Shags (which Jamie had ringed on previous visit) were
near their nests.
we found five dead Shag chicks (including three ringed ones). It is
find so many failed fledglings – possibly an indicator of poor
(leading to a pretty poor breeding season across the Bailiwick for
Shags)? There was also evidence of a rat
living on Lihoumel.
finished with quick visit to a small colony of gulls in the NE corner.
ringed another two Lesser Black-backed Gulls (hiding down rabbit
a Great Black-backed Gull. We found one
dead adult Herring Gull and one dead adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in