As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mixed breeding season for Scotland's seabirds, says RSPB

11 November 2015

Seabirds have had mixed fortunes during this year's breeding season at RSPB Scotland's nature reserves.

The charity had expected a cold and wet summer to badly affect the birds.

However, increased numbers of guillemot were recorded in Tiree and more kittiwake nest sites were documented at Troup Head in Aberdeenshire.

More puffin burrows were also active at sites on the Firth of Forth, but numbers of the birds and other species fell in Orkney and Shetland.

As well as recording individual birds, burrows and cliff face nest sites, RSPB Scotland staff identified a puffin with a condition called leucism, which causes a loss of pigment in feathers leaving them pale or white.

The puffin was spotted on the Shiant Isles, which lie four miles (6km) off the coast of Lewis. The small islands are home to 10% of the UK's puffin population.

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