Zino's Petrel off Scilly: new to Britain

Zino's Petrel off Scilly: new to Britain

Abstract

A Zino’s Petrel Pterodroma madeira was seen and photographed from a boat approximately 3 km southwest of Bishop Rock Lighthouse, Isles of Scilly, on 30th July 2020. The sighting constitutes the first acceptable record for Britain. The viewing time was typically brief and the bird was thought to be Zino’s Petrel on field characteristics. A set of photographs proved the bird’s identity beyond doubt. Elimination of the cryptic confusion species, Fea’s Petrel P. feae and Desertas Petrel P. deserta, is discussed, including results of geolocator studies.

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