The core team has arrived and the first visits to the Raurejaure area have been made. It is an extremely early year in the sense that almost all snow has already melted! Although plant life is therefore advanced with several weeks compared to ‘normal’ years, it seems that birds are not that quick… The first wader nests have been found and had just started laying.
Long-tailed Skuas only breed when rodent densities are sufficiently high and it is still unclear whether that is the case this year. For at least one pair in Gelmetje it is: they had one egg. We observed several Long-tailed Skua pairs showing territorial behaviour and displays, and hopefully these pairs will also lay eggs. When they do so, reaching the main goal will be a lot easier. That is: retrapping as many birds as possible! The good new is: we saw already nine skuas with geolocators until now… The bad news is: we were not able to catch them… yet!