Friday, 2 September 2011

Puffin Island - 18th June!

A short break and we were off again up in to my 2nd home into North Wales. Steve had kindly invited myself and Kane to join them on the visit onto Puffin Island to ring the seabirds. Meeting Gillian and a few other ringers for a catch up later on.. Combining the trip to visit Kane's grandparents - an amazing day awaited us! SCAN visits Puffin Island three times during the summer to ring as many seabirds as possible and our visit was no exception.

Razorbill Chick - Photographed by Kane Brides

Cormorant Chicks - Photographed by Kane Brides

From an early start until late evening, the team managed to ring a total of 600 birds during the day. These consisted of -

•Cormorant – 250 pulli
•Shag – 10 pulli + 1 retrap adult
•Razorbill – 27 pulli + 5 adults
•Guillemot – 299 pulli + 14 adults.
•Kittiwake – 5 adults

The Cormorant chicks were being darvicd as part of the on-going project on the island which Kane thoroughly enjoyed, as well as helping Louise Soanes, (a PhD student from Liverpool), darvic and datalogged 5 Adult Kittiwakes.

Huge thanks to Steve for inviting us along and for a truly superb days seabird ringing!