|Water-logged puffin burrow|
|Kittiwakes nests with water pouring down the cliffs through the nests.|
For the shags it was the medium sized chicks that had suffered the most with a number of clutches lost that were too big to fit under their parents but too small to have lost their down and grown waterproof feathers. The cold and wet did for them. But even when dead something positive came out of it and Hanna has put in a heroic effort and dissected more dead chicks that Silent Witness to find out more about the intestinal parasites that they hold.
But the overwhelming thought is that despite these losses it is amazing that it wasn't worse. These seabirds show amazing fortitude to get through this weather and most are today now enjoying the warmer weather and thriving.The other benefit of all this rain is that you will notice that this year there are no references to smelliness of island inhabitants and shower bans as the well is`full and our personal hygiene standards have improved no end. A small silver lining to this big wet cloud.
|Water logged guillemot|
|Hanna doing her umpteenth dissection of dead shag chicks.|