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Intercolony movement and behaviour of immature Guillemots Uria aalge
Halley, D.J. & Harris, M.P. (1993) Ibis 135(3):264-270
A minimum of 61 Guillemots Uria aalge ringed as chicks at other colonies was recorded at the Isle of May between 1987 and 1991 (four prior to 1990, six in 1990, 51 in 1991). Two were adults and 59 were immatures. Most of the British and Irish colonies where many chicks had been ringed were represented. Higher proportions of birds ringed colonies relatively close to the Isle of May were observed compared to birds ringed at more distant sites. Visitors ranged in age from 2 to 5 years, with single 10- and 14-year-olds. Relatively fewer 2- and 5- than 3- or 4-year-old birds were seen. Visiting birds were usually recorded once only, significantly less often than native immatures of the same age. Visiting birds formed a substantial proportion of the immature population. Ten immature birds from the Isle of May were recorded elsewhere. Four of these had been seen on the Isle of May previously, and four were seen there subsequently. A 6-year-old hatched at Sumburgh (c. 420km by sea) bred at the Isle of May in 1992.


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