Skomer Birds List

Barn Swallow

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Seen flying on all days over most parts of the island, although mostly inland, near the farm buildings and the ponds.

Blackbird

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A couple of blackbirds tended to confine their activities to the farm house. Rarely if ever seen further afield.

Buzzard

Two sightings, once at Tom’s House, and another time near Bull Hole, both on the 11th of May. On both occasions the bird was sittng on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea.

Canada Goose

Observed on or near one of the ponds, in particular North Pond and Moory Mere.

Chough

Seen on the 11th of May between Pigstone Bay and Skomer Head; on the 12th of May on one occasion near Paynes Ledge, and later in the day near the South Plateau.

Curlew

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Although heard its call on a number of occasions, only once seen flying inland from Pigstone Bay (presumably towards North Pond) on the 12th of May.

Fulmar

Seen nesting on the upper ledge at The Wick, and somewhat closer to the water line at the North Haven side of The Neck.

Gannet

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Seen flying over the boat on the approach to Skomer island.

Guillemot

Seen nesting on the lower and middle ledges at The Wick and High Cliff, also mixed in with razorbills near the landing place in North Haven.

Kittiwake

Seen nesting on the lower ledges at The Wick and High Cliff.

Linnet

Seen on two occasions, once going north from the farm to Garland Stone, the other time going east from the farm to the Warden’s house.

Little Owl

Seen in the wall to the west of the farm; at first on individual sitting in position, later joined by another.

Magpie

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Mostly seen in the fields surrounding the farm.

Mallard

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Seen one individual on North Pond on the 12th of May.

Manx Shearwater

No live individuals seen, but plenty of burrows, as well as killed specimens. The majority of sightings were in the south-east, but far from restricted to this area. One recent killing was seen early on the 13th of May on the path between the farm and the Garland Stone, the individual being virtually complete.

Meadow Pipit

Observed throughout the island at all times of the day.

Moorhen

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Single individuals observed at Moory Mere on the 11th of May, and North Pond on the 12th of May.

Oystercatcher

Observed throughout the island at all times of the day, although restricted to the meadows and ponds, but not the shoreline.

Puffin

Major colonies near the Wick, Welsh Way, The Neck, North Haven and Paynes Ledge.

Raven

Individual observed at South Plateau, and later on near the nesting site at High Cliff.

Razorbill

Mostly to be seen at North Haven and The Wick, although individuals have been ovserved near Garland Stone.

Shelduck

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A couple observed at Moory Mere on the 11th of May, on the North Pond on the 12th of May.

Short-eared Owl

Mostly seen scanning the fields in the North Stream valley, although at times observed in the fields to the east and west of the farm.

Shoveler

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A single individual seen at North Pond on the 11th of May.

Spotted Flycatcher

Although presumably far more common than can be gathered from my observations, the only confirmed identification comes from the thickets north of the farm on the 11th of May.

Wren

Commonly seen throughout the island, although quite often near the farm or North Haven.
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