Update 30.06.09

Marked a new nest today, number 45.  It has 1 egg so far but the tern was not sitting on the nest so it may not be finished laying.  This is likely one of the birds that lost a nest in the spring tides last week. 1 chick hatched today bringing the chick count to 75...

Update 29.06.09

4 more chicks hatched bringing out total chick number to 74. There are a couple of nests that we would have expected to hatch by now and may be infertile, but the tern is still incubating so we will wait and see. There were 6 Hooded Crows up at the Boyne Wall today...

Spring Tides Abating

We should be over the worst of the spring tides now so should be ok from that point of view until the full moon in early July.  Thursday night was the highest tide, though we had damage to the fencing over a 3 day period. There are 70 chicks hatched now with 25 yet to...

Spring Tides

The spring tides last night were the worst yet and came well into the enclosure. Luckily many of the nests were hatched and as far as I can see we have lost 2 nests with 4 eggs. The tides will be high again tonight so I moved 1 nest which was very close to the high...

Update 25.06.09

Another busy day at Baltray.  We now have a total of 62 chicks with 37 eggs yet to hatch. The spring tide did encroach on the enclosed area but luckily did not take any nests or chicks that we could see.  On a walk around the sea side of the enclosure I did see a...