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Bird of the Month - Manx Shearwater

Manx Shearwater. Photograph by Joe Pinder
Puffinus puffinus
300 thousand Pairs (Summer)
50 years 11 months 21 days (Recorded in 2008)
Pelagic, breeds in island burrows & on cliffs
Mostly small fish and squid
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Lesser black-backed gull. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes

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