The increase in Manx Shearwaters continued, with 252 chicks and 53 adults ringed. Two Storm Petrels were also caught in late spring. There were hints that they might be breeders, as both had brood-patches and one was recaptured four nights after ringing. So there is hope that, like the shearwaters, they are benefiting from the eradication of rats. However, as well as breeding in burrows and only visiting them at night, Storm Petrels pose the additional challenge that they are much smaller than shearwaters, making them even harder to study.
Recoveries and recaptures for 2012 include a Lesser Black-backed Gull seen in south-east Ireland in winter. This contrasts with all previous records of Lundy birds, which have been in south-west France, Iberia and beyond.
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- Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) 305 (252 pulli) birds ringed in 2012
- Individual Manx Shearwaters on Lundy, 2,807 birds ringed 1947-2013
- European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) 2 birds ringed in 2012
- Individual Storm Petrels on Lundy 265 birds ringed 1947-2013
- Storm Petrel 2580614 -ringed as an adult on Lundy, 29.6.1999. Controlled on Bardsey Island, Gwynedd, 22.8.1999. (54 days; 177 km; bearing: 358°).
- European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) none ringed in 2012
- Individual Shags on Lundy 1,187 birds ringed 1947-2013
- Shag 1396162 -ringed as a chick on Ynys Gwylan Islands, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, 15.6.08. Found (ring only) on Lundy, 15.9.12. (1553 days; 182 km; 180°).
- Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) none ringed in 2012
- Individual Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Lundy 456 birds ringed 1947-2013
- Lesser Black-backed Gull colour-ring: blue, with white L, on left leg; metal on right -ringed as a chick on Lundy, 25-29.6.95. Seen at Duncannon Beach, Wexford, EIRE, 20.12.12. (6379-83 days; 195 km; 217°).
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