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Eggs and musings

Jules spotted the first egg on the Amos on April 30th! Can you spot it in the photo below? Since then the wind and rain has come pelting down on us from all angles, so we have only had a … Continue reading

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Guillemots are bac… Oh no wait, they’ve gone again

At the beginning of the breeding season, guillemots and other auks spend a few days at their breeding ground competing for territory and mates, before heading out to sea again to forage for food. This coming-and-going occurs several times until … Continue reading

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Regaining Skomer-level fitness

On my first morning I walked all around the island, stopping at my favourite spots to soak up the scenery. The guillemots are still at sea but the cliffs are scattered with kittiwakes and fulmars, the sky is filled with … Continue reading

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It’s egg-cellent to be back!

I have arrived on Skomer Island for my second field season! After several days of madly biking around Sheffield sorting things out in the Easter sunshine, transporting everything in my bedroom into the cellar to let my room out, and … Continue reading

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The guillemot season is ova

Start with a pun, end with a pun. This last month has flown by. My first field season is now over, and like a guillemot jumpling I feel I have taken a giant leap off a very tall cliff, stumbling … Continue reading

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We got chicks!

The first chicks have hatched on the Amos! The little balls of fluff poke their tiny bills around the parents’ wing trying to escape their protectors’ clutches, but so far they have been nestled safely back into position wedged between … Continue reading

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Marching through May

Time is rapidly passing me by! I have been trying to figure out how to look at guillemot behaviour in a systematic way since I started this PhD, but I soon realised how little I knew about anything while watching the … Continue reading

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