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First-flighting in Auks
Greenwood, J.J.D. (1963) Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1962 15:18
A study was made of the way in which young Guillemots (Uria aalge) leave the nesting ledges. A few observations were also made on the Razorbill (Alca torda). Most previous accounts of the process have been superficial and contradictory. The more careful work of recent years has been limited in usefulness by the small numbers of first-flightings observed by authors. We watched over thirty take place and were able to observe the behaviour of the birds on the ledges before they left as well as the actual descent to the sea.


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