On Friday we donned our second strip, that of the Flat Holm Ringing Group, and head to that small rock in the Bristol Channel for the annual gull chick ringing trip. With the retirement of Gull man Brian Bailey it was down to Facey and Vaf to lead the charge an ensure the annual quota of Lesser BB chicks left the island with a colour ring and a shiny BTO meta ring.
|From left to right, G-Team 2013 were: Lizzie G, Vaf, Pliers Morris, Facey, |
and Fisherman Mike. p.s. this photo was taken just before we left the island.
... three adult lesser black backed gulls which are now sporting
colour rings. Ringing adult gulls was great experience for the
trainees and excellent entertainment for their trainers!
Vaf on biometric duties about to weigh a gull chick. This
year, we took a number of biometrics as we did with Peter
Rock on our trip to the roofs. This will allow us to determine
the sex of the birds we ringed.
And of course we had plenty opportunity to study the diet of
nestling gulls of the Rock. Here we see bacon and eggs.
We always manage to miss a chick or thousand - well you can't get them all. The chick on the right is one of the unlucky ones that did not get its own set of personalised bling. As you can see this year's colour rings are green with white lettering. If you see any please let us or Viola know.
|We had a cosy trip on the way back to the mainland. |