An Observation of Rafting Yelkouan Shearwaters in the Bosporus

An Observation of Rafting Yelkouan Shearwaters in the Bosporus

Yesterday evening the project team received an email from a local birdwatcher, writing that a very large group of rafting Yelkouan shearwaters was observed at the southern entrance of the Bosporus around 7pm.

As a typical behavior, shearwaters are tend to gather and “raft” before go to the breeding grounds in the late evening. We are definitely not sure whether these birds in the Bosporus are local or neighbor breeders that rafting before visit to colonies or just gathered non-breeders but still it is quite important to spot this kind of behaviors in Turkish waters.

In such an important period of Yelkouan’s life cycle, data collecting is becoming more important to understand this secretive bird’s behaviors in the Marmara Sea. All Yelkouan shearwater records from local birdwatchers are very welcome.

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Rafting Yelkouan Shearwater in the Bosporus (Photo credits: Ercan Üç)