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European Storm Petrel
European Storm Petrel
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Staffa

European Storm Petrels can be found at Staffa, St. Kilda, Iona and Fair Isle.

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Another underground nester, this species prefers piles of boulders and dry-stone walls.

Found on St Kilda and Staffa, the largest colonies in Scotland are at Treshnish, Priest Island and Mousa, where they inhabit a ruined broch.

Food

Crustaceans, small fish, cephalopods taken on the surface, carcases of whales and ship’s garbage.

Nest site

Arrives at nest site in darkness to undisturbed islands, islets. Nests in rocky outcrops, crevices, in walls, ruins, burrows and boulder beach.

Breeding

Late May to mid June where one egg is laid.

Wintering

Winters off of South Africa.

Distribution

Mainly Scotland and west coast Ireland, northern and southern Europe.

Other Petrel, Shearwater family birds at Trust sites