Lihoumel, Lihou Island
21 April 2012
Jamie and Mish Hooper had very kindly checked the small colony of
Cormorants on Lihoumel on the 27th March, when nine active nests were
counted (eight with eggs and one with two tennis ball sized young).
Given this information, Chris Mourant, Mish Hooper, and Catherine &
Paul Veron went over to Lihou at low tide on Saturday 21 April.
As we approached Lihoumel several adult Cormorants flew from the small
colony and we saw two medium-sized young wandering at the edge of the
nesting site. We encircled the small colony and rounded up the two
chicks swiftly. These were in fact the only mobile chicks from the nine
nests. Both were colour ringed, before we moved to the nests themselves
where we ringed another five small youngsters which were large enough
(just) to take both a metal and colour ring. Several of the nests still
had only eggs or young that were only a few days old. Hopefully
we’ll ring most of these chicks in another few weeks time.
This visit was a very quick one, so we did not census the Shag nests on
the rock, although several were noted (all with eggs). Several pairs of
Great Black-backed Gulls are also nesting on Lihoumel this year,
although only one nest (containing two eggs) was noted.
Jamie Hooper has remained behind on Lihou erecting the fencing to help
protect the nesting gulls and other seabirds from human disturbance
this season. Hopefully this will encourage the vast majority of
visitors to Lihou to abide by the signs requesting visitors to keep to
the paths during the nesting season.
23 Aril 2012