Hello friends and family
Last Sunday Elaine, Chris Hiltrun and I did the 90-day weigh and measure for the bulk of the chicks in the colony. We brought in 4 that had lost weight, two from each colony and were pleased to find that many of them now weigh over 6 Kg.
The challenge came where the chicks were crèched – up to 8 chicks in one gathering and we didn’t want to handle the younger ones yet. We only missed one that will be weighed next week.
By Wednesday the oldest of the chicks had fledged and I found the first adult moulter. It looked just fine. I did see a juvenile that looked a bit light, but it may have just been taking the day off and be out to sea tomorrow. This was the day that I harvested the early pears so that they ripen in a cool spot and don’t rot from the inside out.
Chris arrived on Thursday to take the reigns of the hospital as I headed off for a week to visit the family early on Friday morning. This is a first on several levels. Firstly, I used public transport from the Moeraki turnoff and secondly, I had time away in the summer. There is lots to be done at this time of the year, so Chris will be busy!
Have a great week!