Letter: Avian advice

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From Sister Sandra Wellington

Sir: With reference to your article on The Birds (24 July), about the inspiration for the Hitchcock film, you write "a flock of shearwater, or puffins". The Manx shearwater's Latin name is indeed Puffinus puffinus but it is not a puffin - the puffin is endearingly called Fratercula arctica, "little Arctic brother".

Yours faithfully,

Sandra Wellington

Rise, Northumberland