18th June 2013, 3 Guillemot chicks fed this morning.

Seabird breeding season is my favourite time on Lundy. The highlight for me is when the auks start to bring back fish for their young. Puffins and Razorbills with beaks crammed full of Sand-eels or Guillemots with just a single fish.

I've been watching the Guillemots provision their chicks since 2006. The first year I just used a telescope, but since then I've been filming the ledges as well.

This particular ledge is near St Philip's Stone on the west coast. Today, I know that there are at least 3 chicks, and I'm expecting more to hatch any day. It looks like there could be 13 chicks when they've all hatched.

Things seem to be slightly behind this year. On this day last year there were 11 chicks on this ledge and they received a total of 15 feeds from their parents in 2 hours. This is an exceptionally high rate - usually a chick will receive one fish in 4 hours.
  • G130618A 63m transcribed from video. 2 feeds.
  • G130618B 62m transcribed from video. 1 feed.
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S

?  ?  ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?  ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  Ring? (N=no, ?=no info, R=yes)

X  ?  E  1F 1F ?  E  h  nf X  uw ?  ?  1F nf nf  Egg?/Chick?/Feeds? 

(X=no, E=egg, co=incubation change over, e=possible glimpse of egg
1F=one feed, 2F=two feeds, etc., nf=arrived with no fish. h=hatched?

07h05 Q2 fly in, fish (+44m)
07h24 E2 fly in, fish (+63m)
08h18 D2 fly in, fish (+117m)

N bill-under-wing
H? chick seen following day


Probable eggs:
B, F, I, O, P, R, S

No Eggs:
A, M

Parental Attendance:

GU:STPH2013Dc 00:00 00:07
GU:STPH2013Ec 00:00 00:52
GU:STPH2013Nc 00:00 00:00
GU:STPH2013Qc 00:16 00:30

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07h05 Q2 fly in, fish (+44m)

07h24 E2 fly in, fish (+63m)

08h18 D2 fly in, fish (+117m)