How time flies. It seems only yesterday that we were crowding round the TV at Lyndon watching the first Manton Bay chick hatch. As we sat in the boat on Saturday morning ringing three very healthy chicks it was difficult to imagine where the past six weeks had gone!
If you have visited Manton Bay you will know that getting up to the nest to ring the chicks isn’t easy. It involves a flat bottomed boat and a triple extending ladder. It is also important to have eaten several weetabix in the morning – meaneouvering the ladder out of the boat and up to the nest is tricky to say the least! Anyway, we managed it early on Saturday morning and I climbed up to the nest and lowered the chicks down into the boat to ring them.
All three of the chicks looked in fantastic condition – testament to the superb fishing skills of their father. We ringed each chick with a blue colour ring on its right leg – numbered 22, 32 and 52. The numbers are not consecutive this year because we are using up stocks of the blue colour rings that have been used throughout the UK over the past couple of years. All three chicks had relatively small bills and thin legs – suggesting that they are probably males. We will be sure over the coming days.
We’ll have more news from the other nests later in the week.