Liz writes on 16 July: The sick chick looked worse this morning, so we have begun trying to force-feed and hydrate it. It’s not looking good, and gets progressively worse through the day. Sometimes there is just nothing that we can do to make a difference, and it can be difficult to
Liz writes on 15 JULY: One of the two newly hatched chicks is not thriving like its sibling. We are struggling to get it to eat, unlike the sibling who is voraciously eating both mosquitoes and foodpellets. We are trying everything we can think of to get it to eat, and have examined
The day after we arrived, we turned up at the apartment bright and early, although somewhat jet lagged and opened up Mikhail’s storage container to see where all of the components of the self assembly storage pens were. As we started to take out all of the different piles of metal pol
Liz writes: After around 90 hours of travel from Wellington, New Zealand I finally made it to Anadyr. The trip involved flights from Wellington to Sydney, to Bangkok, to London, to Moscow, to Yakutsk and finally Anadyr. I was relieved by the thought of no more flights and waiting aro
Roland writes: Finally after the coldest night of all with temperatures hovering around zero, by the morning the wind had finally lifted and we were going to have a lovely day. First things first, before the storm, we had been planning to do our weekly turf and sand change. Everything
Liz writes: Cabin fever seems to be setting in today, it’s the third day in a row of gale force winds, driving rain and chilly temperatures. Most of the day is either spent in your tent, in the apartment or briefly nipping out to check the birds are ok and well fed. Roland and I inve
Liz writes: Gale force winds have been playing havoc with our routine today. The day started with heavy, driving rain that turned our little piece of Chukotkan tundra into a boggy swamp. In the afternoon quite suddenly intense North Westerly winds picked up, blowing the roofs off seve
Liz writes: Ksenia and I visited the main town of Anadyr, while Roland was left to look after the birds. Of particular interest was the café that Roland and Simon had visited several days prior, and raved about the food! Anadyr is a very clean town, with lots of brightly coloured ap
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