Wednesday 2 July 2014

More the South

Last night Chris, Wendy and I joined Steve and the Pembs RG  at Wooltack Point on the Dale peninsula to help them with a Storm Petrel catch. The point is close to islands with known stormie colonies so a good catch was to be expected - especially in the ideal conditions - no moon, no wind, and calm seas.
The first birds were caught before it was truly dark as soon as we'd got the nets up at around 23:00, and from then on we caught steadily with a team of ten including new trainees Kim and Stef, and also Molly Heal and Renate Thome just back from their positions as long-term volunteers on Skokholm Island.

By 01:30 we had called it a day, with 77 new birds and three controls......

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