A BBC news report claiming that British ornithologists have discovered Europe’s oldest puffin on an island off the coast of Scotland has caused quite a stir in the Westman Islands. Visir.is reports this today.
Icelandic puffins. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The Scottish bird is 34 years old.
According to sources at the South Iceland Nature Center, Cape Stórhöfdi lighthouse keeper Óskar J. Sigurdsson has labeled a puffin that is at least 38 years old.
The British natural scientists have disregarded this information in identifying their bird as the oldest.