|As you go along you see all sorts of interesting things - this clutch had eggs of different colours.|
|Some of the herring gulls are just starting to hatch - see the beak just starting to show through.|
|And some are out in the wide world.|
|This is a cute greater black back gull chick (on the right).|
And the job this year is made more difficult by the lack of vegetation. The surface carpet of plants has been blasted by the weather and eaten by the rabbits and so there isn't the usual protective weave of roots and stems to support our weights when walking over the puffin burrow riddled surface. The result is that occasionally someone breaks through into the burrow itself. If left then this would be fatal for the chick inside so each holed burrow is re roofed with an old roofing slate. Never has it been more important to be a bit "light on ones feet " !
More gull counting tomorrow and the next day it is better than being on a computer all day and is another day at our office.
|Lucie looked after the puffling while this burrow was mended.|
|Arms that reach down to the knees and have 2 elbows are needed to mend the burrows.|