This year I am trying to time our two visits to Sark to focus on colour ringing a sample of Herring Gull chicks and Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks. With the former nesting c 2 weeks earlier than the latter, Catherine and I went over to Sark on Sunday and Monday. With the very kind assistance of Andy Cook and Sue Daly we were not only able to colour ring 25 gull chicks (23 Herring, one Great Black-backed and one Lesser Black-backed Gull), but also enjoy a wonderfully relaxing time on one of our favourite islands. The dull weather kept temperatures down, and it was also dry while making the boat landings.
As elsewhere in the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 2011, European Shags had bred very early in Sark and there was abundant evidence that they had done rather well. Cruising the north and east coastlines we counted more than 100 fledged juveniles.
Our sincere thanks to Andy and Sue for their much valued help with our projects.