Ian’s Cousin Diary

June has been an extremely dry month on Cousin with a total recorded rainfall of 40mm. The wind direction varied from South East to the East South East throughout the month. The wind speed also varied in the range of 35-40km/h and on the night of 16 of June could have even reached at least 70km/h. This makes the sea conditions moderate to very rough most of the time.

The Seychelles Magpie robin (Copsychus sechellarum) Cousin population now stands at 38 rung birds spread over 11 territories. This is a considerable increase from previous months.

The en masse arrival of the Lesser Noddies for this month is the main highlight as the visitors are astounded by their abundant presence and their ‘kkeeleekk’ sound and not to mention lots of ‘pooping’ on their heads!

The noddies are here... (Jorge Fernandez)

The noddies are here... (Jorge Fernandez)

...and they "poop" alot

...and they "poop" alot

On that note, Eric and Mary have started off the breeding success monitoring for this species involving 10 selected plot/trees amounting to 100 nests. Other staff members are actively involved every fortnightly in the breeding success monitoring of the White Tern and White-tailed Tropicbird.

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is present in some numbers. Some were observed still in their breeding plumage.

Till next time. Ian.

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