After a slow start, we finally started to find chicks, although most were single birds. But as we covered the top of the island we found groups of two and three chicks and we ended the evening ringing 16 birds, which is the second highest total since we started marking chicks in 2013.
|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||16|
|Cormorant chicks ringed||11||19||7||16||0||0||14|
Having said that, finding just 18 chicks (16 ringed and two which were too big to approach safely) from 195 eggs/chicks earlier in the season is still pretty poor. We did also find four large dead chicks, but it wasn't clear how they'd died. It was also depressing to find a dead adult on top of the island with fishing line and presumably a hook in its throat, anothe victim of our polluted seas.