The blog has fallen silent for a while - and this is due to the increased workload caused by the hobby. We’re all putting in extra time on the beach in an effort to minimise its predation. It first appeared on 24 July and for the following two weeks it has visited our colony at Eccles on a daily basis and has taken over 40 birds now - adults, fledglings and chicks. Despite our best efforts on some days it took six birds returning to the colony at hourly intervals. We all know, however, that if we had not redoubled our efforts and been present in such numbers on the beach the hobby could have taken up to 10 birds a day and our colony would have surely been decimated. As a result of the repeated visits by the hobby those adults who could take their fledglings to safer grounds chose to leave the colony at Eccles during the last week of July. A count on 24 July revealed that we had upwards of 280 chicks and fledglings within our electric fence. This was reduced to only 60 or so by the following weekend. They had, we hope, flown to a safer place - hopefully without the constant attention of a predator like the hobby. Time for the fledglings to gain strength and learn to dive and fish before their journey south. This past week and to our great relief we have had reports of sightings of our fledglings up and down the coast from nearby Winterton to off-shore Scroby Sands near Great Yarmouth and further afield at Kessingland in Suffolk. Photo Credit: Mick Davis.