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Feathery friends flock to Bass Rock

June 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM ET

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Seagulls fly near Bass Rock where gannets nesting on the Firth of Forth on Monday, in Dunbar, Scotland.
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Every January Atlantic gannets start returning to Bass Rock, with 150,000 or more making it the largest single rock gannet colony.

From afar, Bass Rock may appear to be blanketed with snow. In reality, the island in the Firth of Forth in Dunbar, Scotland, is covered by 150,000 Atlantic Gannets. The birds return to Bass Rock around January with the same mates, and most of them leave for the African west coast with new gannets by October. Learn more about Bass Rock and the gannets on the BBC.

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Gannets nest on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth Monday, in Dunbar, Scotland.
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Gannets nest on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth Monday, in Dunbar, Scotland.
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Gannets nest on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth on Monday, in Dunbar, Scotland.

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