New Research Dispels Puffin Myths
Research has shown that young puffins who are embarking upon annual migration for the first time figure out their own routes, rather than relying on genetic programming from their parents as was once believed. Research by zoologists at Oxford University tracked 18 puffins from Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, and found that each bird uses a completely different migration route.
They also discovered that young puffins leave their colonies at night, alone, long before their parents, which renders unlikely the theory that the sea birds may learn a route from their elders.
Some birds go to the chilly waters around Greenland and Iceland for the winter, while others stay around Britain or even head in the opposite direction, to the balmier climes of the Mediterranean.