The Manx Shearwaters are Skokholm Island's most iconic bird, and surveying this important colony is a large task.........but great fun.
Here we are playing the call of a male down each burrow in one of the study plots and awaiting the reply from a male....or not if a female present. for more details see here
Wendy and I have just returned from spending a week on the island and here is a selection of further activities we have been involved with.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls...
Reading yellow darvics, became part of our daily routine, this part of
an experiment for the BTO, who are tracking their feeding
movements with data loggers. see here
Great Black-backed Gulls...
Guests to Skokholm Island
The catching, ringing or collecting the retrap data is the main nightime activity for visiting ringers. More than 100 birds are caught along this transect each night, moon and weather permitting.
More about the long-term colour-ringing of Puffins on the island in a post at the end of June.
A benefit of being out surveying in the field, is that you are out !!
Whilst on the cliff top near North Pond we saw this Purple Heron arrive attracting the attention of the breeding gulls, then fly over North Pond and away to the mainland. Luckily Rich B. got my text in time and with Giselle and most guests managed to glimpse the bird as it departed, the motor home in the background is actually on the mainland !!!
(Photo Rich B)
For more details on visitng Skokholm Island Bird Observatory, see the Skokholm Blog
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