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. Great Black Backed Gulls in conversation, Skokholm.

It was about noon and I was walking down the path from the harbour to the Lighthouse.   Near “sugar loaf” I stopped to watch two great black backed gulls (I think they were, anyway!).    They appeared to be having a conversation.  It seemed mostly one-sided with one being very earnest and outspoken.  At ...

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 ...

25/05/19. Sedge Warbler on the neck.

Short monaural recording of a sedge warbler on the neck at Skokholm.   These lovely birds can be heard all over the island.   The male changes its song regularly; apparently to draw the attention of prospective mates.

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.

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