Omptolle and Albecq, Guernsey
25 June 2012
I met Chris Mourant at 0500 this morning for our
early morning trip across to Omptolle, Bordeaux. It was a beautiful
with very little wind and a beautiful rising sun.
We spent 30 minutes walking around and over
search of gull chicks. From the activity overhead there must have been
three pairs of Great Black-backed Gulls and a similar number of Herring
nesting on the islet this year, but we only managed to find two
Great Black-backed Gull chicks and a single Herring Gull chick.
The grass on the islet is
particularly long this year.
Although a pair of feral Greater White-fronted Geese was seen on the
the islet, no nest was found this year, and there was no sign of any
At least two Oystercatcher nests were present.
The remains of a Storm Petrel
were found on the northern end
of the island, probably predated by gulls – presumably at sea,
likelihood of rats on Omptolle must make it an unattractive place for
Afterwards we drove down the west
coast to check the single
Great Black-backed Gull nest on rocks at Albecq. The female was sitting
nest, which contained a single egg. This is rather late for such an
clutch, and one assumes that the gull’s first nesting attempt
failed, and this
is a re-laid clutch. There were no signs of what may have predated the
but as this site is visible from the road and is easily accessible one
help but think that it may have been human predation.
25 June 2012