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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lihou Island's seabirds settling down to breed

At lunch time today Catherine and I walked across to Lihou island to check up on the nesting seabirds. Once again all work was done from the public paths...and so was distant from most birds. Of note the Great Cormorants and European Shags nesting on Lihoumel look to be well bolted down on their nests...which is very encouraging given news from Jersey last weekend that the colony of Cormorants on Les Minquiers reef (south of Jersey) looked to have failed at their first (early ) attempt. Ian Buxton speculates that this was because of storm wash in March.

Also on Lihou the early Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls appear to be sitting on nests, while others are clearly holding territories. The Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also loafing in the breeding areas...and there was no sign of the Snowy Owl...let us hope it stays that way for the summer!

Catherine checking gulls on Lihou 14 April 10 - PKV

Violets on Lihou -Catherine Veron
Herring Gull 4H4 on Lihou (ringed as a chick on Lihou June 2001 - Jamie Hooper) - PKV

Meanwhile a very good early morning session at Chouet Landfill and Chouet Landfill Beach resulted in 33 colour ringed LBBGs being recorded. This included two more new birds (one of which - White 8.T5) had been recorded in Asturias, Spain in September 2009 (Adolfo Villaverde).

LBBG White 8.T5 Chouet landfill - PKV

LBBG White 0.V4 Chouet landfill - PKV

White 3.T3 Chouet Landfill - PKV

LBBG White 6S7 Chouet landfill - PKV

LBBG White 2.U0 Chouet landfill Beach (CLB) - PKV

LBBG White 1.T9 CLB - PKV

LBBG White 7.T4 CLB - PKV

Herring Gull 5.XX8 CLB - PKV

Herring Gull 5.XX8 as a chick on Herm 01 July 2009 - PKV

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