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Shag, Phlacrocorax aristotelis


Many records.

Almost annual visitor in small numbers, with larger numbers very rarely, in association with wrecks. Usually recorded between September and April, either as wandering immatures, or during hard weather in winter. An exceptional pair of birds in 1991 remained until June, which mirrored one in 1969 which also resided until mid June.

Recent birds have not associated with local Cormorants and have usually been seen on their own. They sometimes roost on the rocky breakwaters or the water tower off Hill Farm. Interestingly, one of the immatures present in October 1998 had been ringed on the Isle of May. A bird found dead at Meadow Lane GPs in 1969 was also ringed on the Isle of May.


Please note the following list is still incomplete:

Highest count

25, Spring 1969


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