Shag ringing

Colour ringed, ringed and now wing measurement...all in a days work

Colour ringed, ringed and now wing measurement…all in a days work

James and his new brood sheltering from the wind

James and his new brood sheltering from the wind

Shag chick up close

Shag chick up close

Warm and happy with a researcher...

Warm and happy with a researcher…

Thursday 18th June comments: The ringing and research continues on the Isle of May as the breeding season advances even further (expect a full breeding seabird roundup at the weekend!). Over the last month or so over 500 Shag chicks have been processed as part of a long term study on the birds on the island.

As part of this process, birds are caught, wing measurements taken, ringed and colour rings attached to allow easy reading in the ‘field’. It’s a well tried and tested means of following the life cycle of these charismatic birds and we can learn so much from this research.

However like any work, it can be a little bit messy…just check out  the overalls in some of the photos above…still happy with your office work now?

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