A busy week on Limestone and a great trip into Gwaii Haanas National Park

The last two murrelet chicks came down the funnels on 10 June, which is a week or so later than they have finished in recent years. A total of 106 chicks were captured this season from funnels 5, 6, 7 & 8. This represents a decrease from last season (121 chicks) but is slightly better than the 104 chicks captured in 2009 when a raccoon was present on the island. We have not seen any sign of raccoon activity in 2011. We also had the feeling that there were more prospecting birds visiting the Cabin Cove colony area this year, based on the number of calls that we were hearing at night–hopefully some of those birds will come back to breed next year.