Monday, 6 July 2009

Shiants - second update

Just spoken to Jim perched on those little rocks amid the Minch. They've had some good weather and the breeding season is clearly better than last year. They've ringed good numbers of auks and nearly 300 Storm Petrels. However, the highlight so far has been catching what is potentially the oldest ringed Puffin on record in the UK. Many of you will know that this is a record that Adrian Blackburn has consistantly chased and last year succeeded in breaking with a bird that was, I think 31 yrs, 351 days. Jim reckons this individual is 32 yrs and 8 days! Anyway - confirmation when Jim returns. Although of course, he may catch Adrian's old bird on Sule in a couple of week's time...

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