European Shag off Sark - PKVHerring Gull chicks were also numerous, but in view of how far advanced they are we ringed very few (eight). This was expected, because this year we had decided to forgo ringing higher numbers of Herring Gulls and to try instead to colour ring at least a few Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks. This is very difficult to do on Sark, because the sub-colonies tend to be small and scattered, with many being inaccessible.
Derrible Headland - Sark PKV
Fledged Herring Gull and parent Creux Harbour - PKV
PKV at Creux Harbour, Sark - CMV
LBBG Black 4.P2 and 4.P3 Derrible - PKVNotwithstanding this, and thanks to Andy Cook, and his boating skills, we did manage to visit three of the tiny sub-colonies and ring 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks (23 colour ringed). Although not a large number, this was quite a satisfactory achievement. I only hope that some of these hard-worked for birds are seen and reported in the months and years ahead.
Sunset over Herm and Jethou (from Sark) - PKVWe did not visit any of the auk colonies, but again things looked very positive for them this year, with good numbers of adults present through the season.
After the very poor seabird breeding season on 2007, the poor one of 2008, and the moderate one of 2009, it is fantastic to see most of the seabirds enjoying very good success this year!