So to the birds: Some Razorbill chicks hatched on the 10th of June and the adults are now busy feeding the cute little balls of fluff on oil rich fish.
|Sand Eels for tea|
|Another chick gets fed|
Some of the colonies are densely packed and counting them is a challenge (especially from a boat) but with patience and by counting more than once we can get a fairly good idea as to how many individuals are frequenting the nesting ledges during the summer. Skomers seabirds are generally doing well and ledges that held a few hundred a few decades ago now look like this.
|The Guillemot colonies are particularly dense|
Not many birds can breed at such high densities and a complex social structure is needed to allow this strategy to work.
The whole island needs to be counted from the land and sea as many times as we can during the short breeding season. Whilst the weather is good whole days in a row are spent on the waves.
|Five people is the optimum number to do the counts|
It is still slightly too early to say exactly how this years figures compare with past years but we will update the blog with news as soon as we have pulled all the counts together.
All pictures by Pia Reufsteck
Eddie Stubbings, Skomer Warden