Longue Pierre & Grande Amfroque – 16 June 2006


This was a late trip out with Tara and Island Ribs. Jamie, Michelle, Chris Mourant, Catherine and PKV. After refuelling we left the harbour –opened the throttles – swept back the hair, raised broad grins across our faces and sped across the flat sea towards The Humps. Time was running short, so we could only do a couple of the islets.  


First landing on Longue Pierre. Very interesting in that most of the Shag were rather large. Quite good numbers, although areas of the islet were pretty much deserted. Catherine and I ringed 24 Shag chicks. Jamie and Chris added 19 more Shag (including one adult). Total = 43 Shags. 
Guillemots clearly had a very good season with 50+ adults and plenty of young. Only caught a couple of adults from the usual boulder on the top. Finally getting the hang of the H rings now.  

After 30 minutes we moved quickly on to Grande Amfroque. One Grey Seal bobbing off the islet taking a good look at us. Easy landing. Race around to ring 2 Great Black-backed Gull chicks and 9 Shag chicks (Jamie & Chris added 8 Shags). Total = 17 Shags.

Came home around the back of Herm – opening the throttles for the run across the Little Russell. It was very good of Tara, and Island Ribs,  to take us out after a very full day at work. Exciting and fast way to get the ringing job done!