Thousands of Seabirds Wash Up Dead on Scotland Beaches

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In the last few days, thousands of guillemots have been washing up on beaches across the north-east of Scotland.

If not dead, the seabirds are quite underweight.

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Thousands of seabirds wash up on north-east beaches of Scotland. Picture: Press and Journal

After hundreds of birds were found dead on the open decks of a cruise ship a few days ago, now thousands of seabirds are stranding on beaches across the north-east of Scotland, mostly dead otherwise underweight.

New Arc rescue center is asking people walking along beaches to check on the birds. He said: “This is happening at a time near the start of the breeding season and although the birds are not a rare species, this could have a major impact on their population.

Mysterious cause

It’s not certain why exactly so many of the birds have washed on the north-east shores however, Mr Marley said:” The birds that have been coming into us have been quite underweight so it’s presumably food-related.

Due to lockdown the wildlife charity is relying on people to deliver the injured birds to them.

Mr Marley said: “We are still accepting wildlife casualties, but are having to rely on people delivering to us unless they are birds of prey, swans or any of the mammals likely to endanger members of the public such as foxes, badgers, deer or even squirrels or hares.

Guillemots which are about the size of a pigeon if found on the beach are easy to catch. Mr Marley said: “They don’t walk very well on land. If people find them,  I’d ask them to put a towel over them and bring them to us. If you can get them to us we will go through the isolation process.

So again, what is killing all those birds in Scotland… And all over the world? [Press and Journal]

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Could it be that some of these birds had come to rely on the food dropped in the ocean and now a lot of ships are not sailing or on their normal routes?

  2. Kung-flu and 5G.

    I ended up saving my pet goose, Matilda. She’s giving some gaggle-imunity to the other geese.
    She lays me an egg every other day. Duck eggs and Goose eggs taste awesome. Especially, grass fed. Yolks are more orange than yellow. Richer too. Excellent for baking.

    Lost a duck to bird-kung-flu though. She quit eating, respiratory again, gasping for breath, too weak to walk, laying sideways. She was older. I planted an apple tree on her.

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