Hello friends and family
We have our numbers for the new season – 20 nests here at Katiki and 17 at the Moeraki Colony.
Of the 20 females here, 14 were rehabilitated last season and 6 made it independently. This is down 3 nests from last year. One female moved to the Moeraki Colony, one died, and one has gone missing – presumed dead. There were no new recruits here.
At the Moeraki colony, 10 were rehabilitated including 3 new recruits, one yet to lay and 1 who disappeared, presumed dead. 9 made it independently and 3 disappeared, presumed dead. 17 is one down from last year.
We have finally had some significant spring rain. This meant juggling our penguin work to fit in with the weather. Tuesday and Thursday were busy with monitoring and other jobs on the list. There were 6 of us here on Thursday dodging showers.
I even went out twice in the evenings this week – once to a show in Hampden and once to dinner in Moeraki. My tomato plants are now in the hothouse as are my seeds for the garden. The lawn is growing so fast, I even scared away a pair of ducks enjoying some spring growth.
A new fence has been built out the front and currently the truck is parked in the carpark as the gateway has wet concrete. Wet day – empty shed – maybe it is time to sort out bee boxes!
Have a great week