The Puffin [NOOK Book]

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With its colourful beak and fast, whirring flight, the Atlantic Puffin is the most recognisable and popular of all North Atlantic seabirds. Puffins spend most of the year at sea, but for a few months of the year the come to shore, nesting in burrows on steep cliffs or on inaccessible islands. Awe-inspiring numbers of these birds can sometimes be seen bobbing on the sea or flying in vast wheels over the colony, bringing fish in their beaks back to the chicks. However, the species has declined sharply over the last...
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The Puffin

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Overview

With its colourful beak and fast, whirring flight, the Atlantic Puffin is the most recognisable and popular of all North Atlantic seabirds. Puffins spend most of the year at sea, but for a few months of the year the come to shore, nesting in burrows on steep cliffs or on inaccessible islands. Awe-inspiring numbers of these birds can sometimes be seen bobbing on the sea or flying in vast wheels over the colony, bringing fish in their beaks back to the chicks. However, the species has declined sharply over the last decade; this is due to a collapse in fish stocks caused by overfishing and global warming, combined with an exponential increase in Pipefish (which can kill the chicks).

The Puffin is a revised and expanded second edition of Poyser's 1984 title on these endearing birds, widely considered to be a Poyser classic. It includes sections on their affinities, nesting and incubation, movements, foraging ecology, survivorship, predation, and research methodology; particular attention is paid to conservation, with the species considered an important 'indicator' of the health of our coasts.
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“The perfect book for readers who have a great desire to know everything there is to know about the life and times of the Atlantic puffin.”—Choice 
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“The perfect book for readers who have a great desire to know everything there is to know about the life and times of the Atlantic puffin.”—Choice 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408160565
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Series: Poyser Monographs
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Mike Harris is one of the best-known seabird biologists in Britain today. Formerly a warden on Skokholm Island, his research on auks and other species has led to ecological research in places such as the Isle of May, St Kilda and the Galápagos Islands. His successful career was acknowledged by the award of the prestigious BOU Godman-Salvin Medal for distinguished ornithological work in 2006.

Mike Harris is one of the best-known seabird biologists in Britain today. Formerly a warden on Skokholm Island, his research on auks and other species has led to ecological research in places such as the Isle of May, St Kilda and the Galápagos Islands. His successful career was acknowledged by the award of the prestigious BOU Godman-Salvin Medal for distinguished ornithological work in 2006.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures 7

List of Tables 11

Introduction and acknowledgements 13

1 Puffins and auks 15

2 Studies of Puffins 22

3 Appearance, development and moult 27

4 Distribution and status in Britain, Ireland and France 41

5 Distribution and status in Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Norway, Russia, Svalbard, Greenland and the western Atlantic 58

6 Colony attendance and incubation 70

7 Chick rearing and breeding success 88

8 Puffin behaviour Kenny Taylor 103

9 Food and feeding 114

10 Predators, pirates, parasites and competitors 139

11 Survival of Puffins and the Isle of May population 148

12 Puffins away from the colony 158

13 Puffins and people 166

14 Other threats to Puffins 178

15 Overview and the future 195

Appendix 1 Measurements of Puffins throughout the range 201

Appendix 2 Sources of counts and estimates and general background information used in Chapters 4 and 5 203

Appendix 3 First and last dates of Puffins in Grampian, on the Isle of May and Fair Isle 206

Appendix 4 Dates when Puffins were first seen on the sea and ashore and were last recorded ashore or carrying fish on Skokholm 208

Appendix 5 Timing of breeding of Puffins on the Isle of May and the Fame Islands 210

Appendix 6 Measurements of eggs of Puffins throughout the range 212

Appendix 7 Annual peak and fledging weights, age at fledging and growth rates of Puffins on the Isle of May, 1974-2010 213

Appendix 8 Breeding success of Puffins on the Isle of May, 1973-2010 217

Appendix 9 Numbers of fish brought to young Puffins on the Isle of May, 1973-2010 220

Appendix 10 Diet by weight of young Puffins on the Isle of May, 1973-2010 223

Appendix 11 Lengths of sandeels, rockling and other Gadidae dropped by Puffins on the Isle of May, 1973-2010 226

Appendix 12 Lengths of sprat, herring and unidentified Clupeidae dropped by Puffins on the Isle of May, 1973-2010 228

Appendix 13 Annual mean weights of loads of fish, number of fish per load and frequency of feeds brought to young Puffins on the Isle of May, 1973-2010 230

Appendix 14 Scientific names of birds, mammals and amphibians mentioned in the text 232

References 233

Index 251

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Mr Puffin

    I AM MR PUFFIN! I SIT ON ICELANDS HEAD AND EAT HIS HAIR LIEK NOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM!!!!!! ~all hail Hetalia~

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    Great book is sarcastic poop lalala this sucks

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