Click and Play 24May2013

Read by David

We have reached the half way point of the Living Islands Live: A Puffin Season on Burhou project and it has been an exciting 6 weeks! We hope you have enjoyed it so far, and are looking forward to returning after half-term to see things like Puffins starting to bring fish into burrows and the ecologists going Gannet tagging.

During half-term the AWT team will be very busy organising and running Wildlife Week here on Alderney. For this we have live music, barbecues, fundraising and lots of wildlife events. These events include dawn chorus bird walks, seabird and seal spotting boat tours, foraging for wild plants to eat, rockpooling, bat walks and many, many more.

The first Daily Digest after half-term will show you what we got up to during Wildlife Week, so come back to see all the excitement! In the first Daily Digest next term I will also be asking what you all did during the holiday - so go out, explore nature and have a lot of fun to tell us about!

As it is the final day of term I am sure you would all like a holiday from work. So instead of giving you all some questions to answer here are a few photos that didn't make it into past Daily Digests for you to enjoy.

In this first picture we can see a few Guillemots, but one has an unusual marking around its eye. It looks like the Guillemot is wearing glasses, this is a variation on the normal look of Guillemots that is carried by a vast minority of the population (7% of the population in Scotland, 3% in Yorkshire and just 1% around the Channel Islands) - the term for it is a 'Bridled' Guillemot.

Two Guillemots and a 'Bridled' Guillemot

Two Guillemots and a 'Bridled' Guillemot

Here are pictures of a Gannet and a couple of Puffins enjoying life at sea.

Gannet in flight

Gannet in flight

Puffins communicating on the water

Puffins communicating on the water

Whilst we started the Shag tagging on Burhou, we have also attempted it on Coque Lihou. Here are some photos you haven't yet seen showing how we get onto such a steep and rocky island.

'Sula of Braye' anchored by Coque Lihou

'Sula of Braye' anchored by Coque Lihou

Rowing onto Coque Lihou is much more difficult than rowing onto Burhou.

Rowing from 'Sula' to the rocks at the bottom of Coque Lihou

Rowing from 'Sula' to the rocks at the bottom of Coque Lihou

But the Shag tagging team are still enjoying the adventure!

Shag tagging team enjoying the ride!

Shag tagging team enjoying the ride!

Vicky, Tim and Jon then start the climb to the top.

Vicky, Tim and Jon start the ascent

Vicky, Tim and Jon start the ascent

We then spend a few hours looking for Shags to catch. Unfortunately we didn't get any on this occasion - fingers crossed we do on Sunday when we try again on Burhou!

Tim finding Shags on Coque Lihou

Tim finding Shags on Coque Lihou

It is then time to climb back down and get to 'Sula' to go home.

Climbing back down

Climbing back down

I do have one question for you all today though, but it is a simple one: what have you enjoyed most about the project so far?

My top 3 favourite moments so far have been:

  1. Watching the Puffins - their breeding and general behaviour, and seeing how busy their life can be!
  2. The Shag tagging
  3. Seeing how enthusiastic you all are in our Flashmeetings!

See you next term!

The Puffins will be waiting for you next term - but don't forget to keep on watching the camera!

The Puffins will be waiting for you next term - but don't forget to keep on watching the camera in the meantime!

Weather Forecast:

weather-symbolFriday 24th May

Max 10 degrees / Min 8 degrees

Wind direction: North Westerly 28mph

Description: Light Rain

Today's Puffin Fact

In the Pacific Ocean there are Tufted Puffins and Horned Puffins.