Lesser Black-backed Gulls in a "Burhou" Sunset - PKV
With the 2011 Seabird Breeding Season now complete (from my point of view) I have uploaded brief reports on eleven visits to islands and islets in the Bailiwick of Guernsey this year. It was very much a "mixed" season with good productivity amongst early breeders such as European Shag and Great Cormorant, mediocre productivity for Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls and very poor productivity for my principal study species - Lesser Black-backed Gull. Despite this, mainly thanks to Paul Roper, and members of the North Thames Gull Group and the Guernsey Seabird Monitoring Team, the LBBG study goes from strength to strength with a very successful cannon netting operation at Chouet landfill in May. We failed (for the second consecutive year) to land in the main Gannet colonies to ring chicks, but did manage to ring a sample of European Storm petrels on Burhou - so a very mixed season, full of highs and lows...and as ever hard , but rewarding work!
The visit write-ups can be viewed at:-