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Oil-Covered Birds Prompt Spill Fear

October 4, 2008

SCORES of oiled seabirds were washed ashore along a 20-mile stretch of the Caithness coast yesterday, sparking fears of an oil spill in the Pentland Firth.

At least 50 birds were recovered between Thurso and Duncansby Head. Some birds had died, said RSPB Scotland. But the Scottish Environment Protection Agency stressed there was no evidence of oil pollution.

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