The team of National Trust rangers and volunteers will be using ghettoblaster-style high-powered speakers at night to lure storm petrels
in from the sea.
At one point, the bird was watched as it flew alongside a Wilson's Storm Petrel
low over the sea, allowing a convenient comparison of size and shape to be made.
Observers walked slowly around the stone walls, playing a tape recording of a Wedge-rumped storm petrel
calling from the nest (Whittington et al., 1999).
Cd: P ratios for seabird carcasses calculated from Smith's (1978) study of seabirds breeding at Marion Island (southern Indian Ocean) ranged between 4.0 x [10.sup.-4] (Salvin's prion, Pachyptila salvini) and 1.5 x [10.sup.-7] mol Cd/mol P (Black-bellied storm petrel
, Fregetta tropica).
The roles of parent and chick in determining feeding rates in Leach's Storm Petrels
. Animal Behaviour 43:895-906.
"The storm petrel
in particular tells us about a very specific niche in this ecosystem, and these numbers are going to provide a very useful baseline from which we can monitor future trends and react accordingly."
The day before, a Leach's storm petrel
had flown past Porthcawl and a great skua, or "bonxie", had been rescued from Port Talbot beach and brought to the Kenfig Reserve Centre to be cared for.
Many of the stories have this tragic tone of quiet disillusionment and tell of dreams that drift loose and fade, of relationships that almost connect but are realized in solitude; of separations across class (in "Carapace" a girl forsakes her happy-go-lucky cook boyfriend for an arranged marriage to a man with "a dollar job" in Australia), across family, ethnicity, and country ("Storm Petrel
" portrays - in a wonderfully modulated version of Sri Lankan English - the self-deluding dreams of homecoming of an expatriate in Britain).
| Atlantic storms at the weekend brought Sabine's Gull and a probable Cory's Shearwater to Cemlyn Bay, a Storm Petrel
to Point Lynas, Sabine's Gull and Balearic Shearwater at Porth Ysgaden, and a pair of Sooty Shearwaters and Pomarine Skua to Bardsey.
Conservationists will be searching two Pembrokeshire islands, Skokholm and Skomer, for the most enigmatic sea bird in Wales - the European storm petrel
Their distinctive white rumps and pitter-patter, tiptoe walking behavior on the ocean's surface with their little webbed feet as they feed on tiny particulate matter immediately identified them as one of our most abundant seabirds - the Wilson's storm petrel