But then, down at the Kilcoole Colony, there are some boys doing some work which totally rules too.
Since the beginning of May, Niall, Jason and Cole have been working literally round the clock to do everything in their power to protect the Little Tern nests and eggs. Wardening, recording nests/ eggs/ chicks, preventing predation, talking to the public, putting up and maintaining the fencing around the colony. And most importantly updating the Colony News board which every passer by stops to read.
|Colony update 3rd June 2011|
|Jason marked out a stone 'K70' and recorded that there were 2 eggs in the nest.|
|Niall put metal rings around the legs of the first 4 chicks, weighed them and measured their wing span.|
|Cole, getting the area ready for Bloom.|
The next day he texted to say it was a new nest with one egg. Nest K73 (which meant they'd also found another 2 nests).
On Saturday, despite waking up to a warm, sunny, still day in Drimnagh, the type of day where you could drop a feather and watch it fall in a straight line down to the ground, when I arrived in Kilcoole, the gusts of wind there were so strong I was seeing poodles being swept up from the ground and flung across the sky yelping.
I don't know how the guys still have skin left on their faces, the wind in Kilcoole is incessant. Once home after the days volunteering, my face was on fire, and yes mum, I had put sunblock on.
Again, link to the Kilcoole Little Tern colony blog is http://littleternconservation.blogspot.com/
|Ringed Plover, in training for the mini marathon.|