Hello friends and family
Nasty November is almost over! We have not come through unscathed, but we have made it in good spirits, thanks to our awesome team effort. In our quest to always do better, we are weighing the chicks once a week. The purpose of this is to identify when they are not thriving as early as possible. We weigh the chicks here on a Tuesday and at the Moeraki reserve on a Thursday. We make a slick team, and the job is done smoothly. I have received a lot of calls about starving little penguins on the north island, so we are at a high level of alert.
The weather has been fine but windy, great for doing the laundry but otherwise not so flash. The lawns are drying out, but the garden is looking great with lots of flowers.
Jules came up from Dunedin to do the rounds with us yesterday. An otherwise ideal day was spoiled by a dead chick. It had been predated in the nest, within a few meters of a freshly baited trap, by a stoat or rat. The rest of the chicks are doing fine. We now have 58.
Have a great week!