Monday, July 02, 2007

Shotton

After last weekend's creditable 440 pulli ringed, with a very low mortality rate, it was going to be an interesting visit this Sunday (to the third island) given the tremendous wet weather we have had over the last couple of days. Even before we set off we had to wait for an annoying shower to pass over. So, with seven in the boat, we rowed over to the island. Forty-five minutes later, on our way back, we calculated 154 ringed, and (no typo error) 154 dead. A 50% mortality rate for that island and, given the low mortality for the previous week, we can only assume that the wet weather was instrumental in causing death. The next visit is for two weeks time when we'll see how the weather has affected the other islands in that time.

The picture shows one chick of about 2-3 days old (surviving the weather well) and a second only just hatched.

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