Tag: great black backed gulls

6/4/17. Late afternoon on the old stone bridge near the Farm. Skomer.

Thursday 6th April, late afternoon and early evening; I spent the morning just walking around the island. Mid afternoon I decided to try to record some of the island’s sounds. It’s windy, so I sought out some shelter to improve my chance of recording without wind noise. I went back to the hollow through which ...

7/4/17. Shearwaters return from evening feeding, Skomer.

Back to the same place I recorded their departure the night before. It is still very quiet. Some gulls overhead, but not much to start with. I can’t see anything. But I can begin to hear the Shearwaters returning. Earth sounds as they re-enter their burrows; brush and grass being pushed aside by rapid flutters ...

6/4/17 Shearwaters leave Skomer for nightly feeding

On the way back from the warden’s evening Bird Log and Lecture I set off about 100 metres downhill into the shallow valley to the south of the Farm. On the way back I had heard underground noises of Shearwaters from their burrows. This suggested to me that they all hadn’t yet made their evening ...

7/4/17 Shearwater in burrow at the Wick, Skomer

I was just leaving the Wick after listening to the Kittiwakes just before sunset when I heard a little noise coming from the ground. The Wick is an amazing shear cliff facing a narrow inlet. It has multiple parallel ridges serving as home for all sorts of seabirds. One volunteer explained to me that there ...