Wreck of Fulmars in February and March 1962.--Unusual numbers of Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) were noted close inshore on various parts of the east coast during February, In some areas a high proportion were of dark or intermediate phases. During the next few weeks many dead Fulmars were washed up on beaches from at least Aberdeen to Kent and odd ones were reported inland. Fulmars are generallyregarded as particularly hardy birds and a wreck of this kind seems almost unprecedented. An analysis is therefore being prepared and we ask that all records be sent either to B. S. Pashby, 3 Ann's Place, Napier Terrace, Norfolk Street, Hull, Yorkshire, or to John Cudworth, 17a Prospect Road, Ossett, Yorkshire. Data required include numbers of Fulmars seen offshore (with, if possible, proportions of dark and light individuals), whether or not such birds were feeding, and numbers and colour phases of ones found dead (with any information on other species seen dead at the same period). Even though it is now three months after the event, it is still worth looking out for remains of Fulmars on beaches. Wreck of Shags in March 1962.--Exceptional numbers of Shags {Phalacrocorax aristotelis) appeared in southern England from the end of the first week of March and many were recorded inland. The wreck seems to have been on a much larger scale than the one i n February and March 1958 (Brit. Birds, 51: 131), though the general pattern was similar in that mostly first-year birds were involved and
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