Aside from that, we've mostly been counting and ringing chicks recently, including Chough, Dipper, Cormorant, gulls and Kittiwakes. It's been fun as well monitoring successive Robin nesting attempts at Penventon Garden Centre, nesting in amongst some of the plant displays! The first fledged two chicks, with two dying in the nest (lack of food due to the baked-hard ground perhaps?), and the second attempt (photographed below) currently has five chicks.
We're also well into the first checks of the Barn Owl season and whilst some pairs are only just hatching chicks now, others already have chicks that are 5-6 weeks old!
|One of a brood of five chicks ringed last week on the Lizard|
|A rather unusual barrel nestbox we found removed from an old site near Marazion.|
There must be some pirate heritage in birds that nest is such an impressive barrel.
Away from ringing, we've now managed to count the gull nests on Mullion and the total of 71 is on par with previous years, though the number of eggs and chicks is second highest we've seen.
|GBB Gull nests||-||62||37||83||70||60||71|
|GBB Gull eggs/chicks||98||174||90||204||166||-||195|
|GBB Gull chicks ringed||4||17||12||13||5||3||-|
|Cormorant chicks ringed||11||19||7||16||0||0||14|
We've also seen the first Kittiwake eggs of the year, at Rinsey. At the same time some of the Shag chicks are already close to fledging!
|The main zawn at Rinsey, sadly now pretty much devoid of Kittiwakes|
and with drastically-reduced Shag numbers
Next on the agenda is trying to up our numbers if colour-ringed adult Kittiwakes and then we'll be thinking about gulls and more owls! It never ends...