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Re: Scottish Seabird Disaster Article

Subject: Re: Scottish Seabird Disaster Article
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 11:26:27 +0100 (BST)
I visited a Guillemot colony on the west coast of
Scotland this June for a weeks counting/banding and we
found the breeding season well delayed - with birds on
eggs rather than with well grown young ready for their
leap  into the sea below. We only  really noticed fish
being brought in towards the end of the week. The
gulls were having a bad season as well, though the
Shags seemed near normal. 
However the story on the north and east coast was
(according to report from workers on those sites) was
of major problems and this is what has gone in to the
articles quoted. Its interesting to read from Martyn's
posting that the Bering sea also had problems.
For those who haven't heard the noise I've put a short
take from the recording (Auk colony) I made at the
time - Guillemot (Common Murres) plus Kittiwakes. 
The loadest noise (not on this snip)was when two jet
fighters flew by and the sound levels hit the roof!
The birds took no notice - obviously a common


"Microphones are not ears,
Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
Klas Strandberg
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