|Shag nests on the south side of the island|
Whilst some birds were nesting on open ground, most were tucked deep in the Mallow that covers half of the island. This doesn't make nest counting very easy, hence needing a small team to be able to line-search through the vegetation, which is often over head height!
In total we located 70 nests, although we did miss some areas of the island. This compares reasonably well to the record count last year, but there were slightly fewer eggs/chicks than expected. Totals over the years for the island are shown below for info.
|GBB Gull nests||62||37||83||70|
|GBB Gull eggs/chicks||98||174||90||204||166|
|GBB Gull chicks ringed||4||17||12||13|
|Cormorant chicks ringed||11||19||7||16||0|
Whilst on the island we were also hoping to ring some Shag chicks, but in the end only two right on top of the island were in a safe enough place to get to.