This week I am on my annual idyll, banding gulls on Appledore. We have an excellent team this year (and I don’t say that every time. Or if I do, I do not mean it). It’s a mixed group of students in terms of their institutions of origin, four of them being my recruits from Northern Essex Community College. They, of course, are the best of the best.
We are focusing mainly on Herring Gulls, which are notoriously difficult to trap, but the team’s spirits are high despite it all.
We’re working long days, but I did want to let you know what’s happening before I stagger off to bed. Tomorrow, it’s another day of banding and patrolling the island for any previously banded birds. So far, we’ve banded around twenty birds, and we hope to at least double that by the end of the week. Wish us luck!