Little Auk

Little Auk Alle alle (Linnaeus, 1758)

Little Auk Alle alle alle (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Extremely rare wind-blown PM)

  1. One, dead, 11th Feb. 1950 (Bristol Water per H.H. Davis).
  2. One, dead, 20th Feb. 1950 (M.J. Wotton).
  3. One, dead, 6th Nov. 1960 (J.R. Best, C. Lachlan).
  4. One, not aged, 1st Feb. 1975 (D.A. Cottle, D. Embling).
1 11th February 1950 One, dead Bristol Water per H.H. Davis
2 20th February 1950 One, dead M.J. Wotton
3 6th November 1960 One, dead J.R. Best, C. Lachlan
4 1st February 1975 One, not aged D.A. Cottle, D. Embling

David Cottle told me that he saw the 1975 bird at Top End alive and well at close range before it swam strongly away from him out into the lake. Whether it survived or succumbed to having been blown inland is unclear, however, it is a sad fact of life that many that get wrecked inland die without making it back out to sea.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Bristol Bird Report, 1960. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  2. McGeoch, J.A. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1975. Somerset Ornithological Society.
  3. Savory, J.H. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1960. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  4. Tucker, Dr B.W. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1950. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.

Updated 3 February, 2013