Category: Soundscape Recordings

21/05/19. Skokholm harbour tide, seals and birds late morning.

This was recorded just before noon on the track just down a bit from the lime kiln.  It was a warm sunny morning; the tide was still receding.  Lots of birds, and seals.  The seals start their grunting, hissing,  belching and singing around 2:25 on the recording. (Don’t turn this up too loud.  It sounds ...

24/05/19. Storm Petrels and Shearwaters.

A magical thing happens on Skokholm this time of year as it gets dark.   If there is no moon, or if it’s sufficiently cloudy, then some of Skokholm’s most precious seabirds become audibly active and eventually take flight out to sea to feed, or alternately return from sea with food. Storm petrels like to ...

24/05/19. Dawn chorus at the Well, Skokholm.

Dawn chorus at the well; just behind the mist nets.  Recorded at about 5:00am. Dominated by wren and sedge warbler, and gulls.   The sea too, of course.   I think there is a woodcock very briefly in there too.  Oyster catchers join in later. There is also the distant sound of foghorns as it ...

15/06/19. Guillemots at Stack Rocks and Green Bridge of Wales

This beautiful spot is on the coastal path, and access by car is limited because you must travel through the army tank training grounds near Merrion, Pembrokeshire.   The setting is spectacular, and just a few yards from the car park you encounter the series of stacks (large, freestanding rock pillars formed from former “bridges” ...

21/05/19. Guillemots on Twinlet Bay cliffs, Skokholm.

Guillemots make a very distinctive call, sounding insistent, annoyed and strangled all at once.  A perfect descriptive word is “argumentative”, suggested to me recently by former Skomer warden, Mike Alexander. Skokholm’s cliffs are full of guillemots.    Other sounds on this recording include seals, razorbills, fulmars.

21/05/19. Fulmars chattering at North Gully, Skokholm

A small group of nesting fulmars sits chattering together on the high ledges above North Gully.   Some in pairs; some singles whose mates are out for food.   In one case, it’s a threesome and late in the recording the third is noisily chased off. Argumentative guillemots can also be heard, as well as ...

22/05/19. Puffins coming, going and chatting at Crab Bay, Skokholm

Afternoon on the 22nd May.  It was warm and sunny, with the Puffins busy coming and going; many leaving and others incoming with sand eels and dashing immediately into their burrows. Always present were 1-2 Gulls, waiting for the opportunity to go after a close-landing Puffin and attack them for their catch; not always successful, ...