Now that July has begun we are in the time when many of our species will have chicks fledging. The Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills will all be due to fledge throughout this month, and hopefully we will be seeing Pufflings on the cameras within the next few weeks.
But whilst on Burhou last week Vicky and I saw the first Seabird species to fledge - the Shags are leaving the nests!
There are quite a few young Shags around Burhou, Coque Lihou and Alderney. We can see them learning to swim, feed and fly under the watchful eyes of their parents. It is always an exciting time of the year when we see the chicks going out on their own.
It is not just the Shags that are fledging. The Ringed Plover chicks are now 8 days old and running around Platte Saline with their parents, whilst the Wheatears on Burhou are ready to leave the island until next year.
Male Wheatear with fledglings
However, some of our species still have a lot of growing to do before they fledge. The Gulls are only halfway through their time in the nest (but you can certainly see how much they have grown in just a short space of time).
The Gulls will grown quickly now and also be ready to fledge by the end of July.
But other species will stick around for longer. The Common Terns will be here until early August, the Fulmars will be here for a bit longer still and the Gannets will be around well into October as their chicks are still in the fluffy stage!
Fulmar incubating an egg
But don't worry about missing out on all the fledgings of our Seabirds. For although there are only 2 weeks left of our Living Islands: Live program for this term I will still do occasional updates throughout the school holidays as more species fledge. So keep logging in at home and watching our cameras to get all the latest Puffin (and all our other species) news. But of course we still have 2 weeks of Daily Digests left, starting today, so I will keep you well up to date with all the stories from Burhou, Coque Lihou, Les Etacs and Alderney every weekday.
Having trained as a graphic designer and illustrator Filip began a career change in 2013. He gained skills in applied ecology and land management on the Great Fen Project in Cambridgeshire before moving to BirdLife Malta to work in wildlife crime mitigation, injured bird care and campaigning.
As research assistant for the Malta Seabird Project Filip worked with gulls, shearwaters and storm-petrels while developing an understanding of seabird ecology.
He is tasked with writing the next five-year management strategy for the Alderney West Coast and Burhou Islands Ramsar Site, and leading the seabird season for 2016.