– 18 June 2006
in Sark on Saturday
evening – to the sight of a dozen or so Bottle-nosed Dolphins
playing between Grand Moie and Les Burons, just off Maseline Harbour.
the dolphins attracted a lot of attention from people at the harbour
from a few pleasure boats nearby.
and Paul stayed overnight at lovely Clos de Manage Guesthouse –
Hilary were very welcoming. Lovely grounds. Supper at Fitz’s then
(rather than check Manx Shearwaters!). On Sunday we met Andy Cook at
and set off in his yacht on a slow potter down the east coast towards
It was a beautiful flat calm, gentle day. An adult Gannet was resting
on a rock
off Derrible Bay.
were Impressive rafts of Guillemots (50+) and Puffin (30+) off
L’Etac de Serk.
Auks seemed very reluctant to fly or dive off today. We landed and
hours on the rock. Some of the Shag we ringed on 1st June
present. Ringed 20 more young Shag, along with 5 Great Black-backed
from small chicks to virtually fully fledged) and two young Lesser
Gulls. No Guillemots seen on rock, but a few Razorbills nesting under
rocks from last year. Numerous
eggshells from guillemots – could they have been heavily
predated? We ringed an
adult Razorbill and an adorable chick with feathers just beginning to
top of head. Numerous fire bugs in
being picked up in the Avon dinghy Andy dropped us off on Moie de
had never been on this rock before. It has a good Herring Gull colony
chicks ringed. Also some interesting looking burrows that could easily
Shearwater. Some appeared to be in use! The adjacent turf-covered islet
no gulls) also looked good for the shearwaters.
then headed back to the yacht moored nearby for tea – but this
was soon interrupted
by the reappearance of the dolphins. Several came into the bay and we
followed them out in the dinghy. Incredibly two dolphins came
in front of the rubber dinghy several times. We saw a couple leaping
out of the
water. Catherine even jumped into the water and swam, but the dolphins
moving away at this point. What an experience in Sark waters!
back up the East Coast and then returned the yacht to its mooring in
la Ville Bay. Andy took us over to La Petite Moie in the dinghy. Flat
so easy landing. This landing was another first for both of us. Even
has been a poor year for Shag productivity generally we ringed 11
chicks on the
stack, along with four adult Guillemots and an adult Razorbill. We also picked up the remains of a European
transferred across to Grand Moie, which is actually several rocks. We
to get onto most and enjoyed ringing another 25 young Shags. This is a
enjoyable rock to work. We saw several more Razorbills on this rock,
ring any. Shags here were rather big and mobile, so we had to leave a
unringed. 4 Herring Gull chicks were ringed.
100 plus Grey Mullet were milling around in the sheltered waters
then we to to our final landing on the
northernmost of Les Burons. Another 14 Shag chicks ringed here –
wonderful! There were several small burrows which looked (and smelt)
for Storm Petrel! We ringed two large Great Black-backed Gull chicks;
Herring Gull ringed. Found remains of
adult Fulmar on the edge of a Shag nest.
had been a truly fantastic day – one of the most enjoyable of the
seabird season. Wonderful relaxed pace, great success with the ringing,
friendly and very helpful company of Andy and first landings for
both Moies and Les Burons for a very very long time!