Looking back, our first broods have produced at least 76 chicks, though a few of the smaller chicks were unlikely to survive. From these first broods, we ringed 63 chicks, which compares pretty well to last year, when we ringed just 19 chicks!
|One of the final first-brood chicks ringed, with proud 'parent'|
|...and back in their box|
|Unoccupied||2 (6%)||7 (21%)||12 (38%)||11 (26%)|
|Occupied but no breeding||13 (41%)||2 (6%)||7 (22%)||7 (17%)|
|Average clutch size (where observed)||4.8||4.1||3.6||4.6|
|Average brood size (where observed)||3.1||3.1||2.4||3.6|
|Number of chicks ringed||33||46||19||63|
So all in all a pretty good year, with good clutch and brood sizes and, as the project expands, more chicks ringed. We're already seeing some interesting recaptures, with birds moving around between sites and dispersing quite widely a couple of months after fledging.
Last night also saw an under-performing Storm Petrel session. It was a bit too windy (still nothing by Lizard standards), but the catch of just 25 was a lot less than expected. We did catch one bird that wasn't ours though, so it'll be interesting to see where that's from. What was slightly odd though was that a lot of these birds were already in primary moult, which seems a bit early...