As soon as the weather improves it gives us a chance to get around to the East Side of Bardsey where our seabird colonies are. We've managed to get to all the major Razorbill colonies and productivity, despite the weather and a rather protracted breeding season this year, is looking pretty good. The large gulls, despite fewer pairs attempting to nest, are also looking good in terms of productivity, particularly the Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (c) Richard Brown
Kittiwake productivity is also looking excellent, with most of the nests still holding two chicks. However, the number of adults which returned to breed this year was one of the lowest on record. Perhaps the two are linked? (c) Richard Brown
Adult Razorbills, returning to the colony with fish for their single chicks, often linger for long enough to allow for views of their rings. This bird, M94885, was ringed as a chick in 2000 at the same site that it is now rearing its own. More impressive is M23170, last seen in 2004, which had reached the staggering age of 41 years, 11 months and 23 days, the world's oldest Razorbill. (c) Richard Brown
The 2010 Annual report has just had a fantastic review on Birdguides (read it here: http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3311).