Saturday, 18 June 2016

The sun came out this afternoon and its been beautiful up on the cliffs. Still a fair see running, though, and that can spell disaster for our breeding shags at this time of year. They often nest low down in the colony, close to the sea, and the chicks are downy and therefore not waterproof for up to 8 weeks, longer than any of the other seabirds. This means that they and their nests can be washed off the rocks and the chicks die. This nest near Skelly Rocks was very close to being washed away at high water, and all they could could do is sit tight. Liza.

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