Scopoli's Shearwater - 2nd for Britain


Britains 2nd Scopoli's Shearwater, seen from Scilly Pelagics on the 11th July 2019. Photographed by Joe Pender.

We saw 5 Cory's Shearwaters that evening; a smallish one drew our attention, and whilst it remained mid-distant (therefore we didn't see the whitish 'tongues' in the field), Joe's photographs revealed them and confirmed the bird's light structure.

We identified the bird based on research for the new Multimedia Identification Guide to North Atlantic Seabirds: Shearwaters, Jouanin's & White-chinned Petrels (Flood & Fisher, 2020) - pre-order here.