Breeding birds and annual migrants 2004

Ramsey Island Manx Shearwaters RSPB Nature Reserve

Common Scooter    5.9.04     16 birds sighted just off the island

Dunlin           7.8.04    (26) flying round the island

Feral Snow Goose  9.9.04      1 goose around Grassholm

Fulmars           16.5.04    (5) reasonably close to Grassholm

Gannets        16.4.04    Nest material collecting, colony larger than last year – very few Juv’s around the colony 
             20.5.04    Nest material collecting together with some birds incubating
                  4.6.04    Photos returned for this date show chicks visible

             23.7.04    1000’s by the Smalls involved in a feeding frenzy with Manx Shearwaters
                  24.7.04    Lots of  both dark and white chicks visible
27.7.04    First black chick seen on the sea
                  7.8.04    Many black chicks visible on the island now, also still plenty of white ones in various stages of
 changing colour

                 31.08.04    Lots of gannet chicks on the island and on the water
                 09.09.04    Lots of young gannets also thousands of gannets in feeding frenzy behind trawler

Great Skua      5.9.04    8 birds sighted around the island

Guillimots     16.4.04    Many more on the ledges than last year, does it appear so because we have both males and
 females and/or will some of these birds be non-breeders that will not hang a about
                  20.5.04    As 16.4.04
17.7.04    c.500 on ledges of the North end
24.7.04    c.500 on the ledges but no sign of shielding chicks

Kittiwakes    16.4.04    c10 pairs on potential nesting sites on Grassholm
20.5.04    As 16.4.04
17.7.04    6 nests in use with one containing chicks
24.7.04    7 nests occupied with chicks visible on two
7.8.04    Three nests with chicks two of which should fledge shortly

Little Gull      29.5.04   (1) 3 miles south of Grassholm adult in summer dress

Black Tern     5.9.04    1 lone bird sighted

Common Tern  5.9.04 (26) birds sighted just off island

Little Tern    30.7.04   1 adult heading south by The Smalls
7.8.04   Two adult birds within 15 ft of boat near Grassholm

Manx Shearwater 16.4.04    Zero
20.5.04    c100 seen between Grassholm and the Smalls
29.5.04    Scattered birds around the Smalls
11.7.04    By the Smalls Lighthouse at 4pm a feeding frenzy of c10,000 birds with gannets and dolphins
12.7.04    Between Ramsey and Grassholm feeding birds in heavy seas
                  16.7.04    c10,000 in feeding frenzy SW of the Smalls
3.7.04    1000’s involved in a feeding frenzy by the Smalls Lighthouse
                  24.7.04    Large joint feeding frenzy with Gannets both just S of Grassholm and at the Smalls