Rhossili Delivers The Unexpected

Saturday, January 24, 2009 Adam Tilt 0 Comments

Apologies for the lack of updates over the last couple of weeks. I came down with a rather nasty virus that put me out of action for a while. I did however manage a quick trip down to Rhosilli last weekend for what was intended to be a quick walk to get some fresh air. I should have known better than to go there without binoculars and the wildlife soon proved me right.

On the cliffs at Rhosilli headland a group of five Fulmars were roosting, whilst another individual circled the surrounding area, seemingly unable to choose a place to land. After several failed attempts he did manage a landing.....right on top of the other birds. They didn't seem to mind and after a bit of commotion they soon settled down. As soon as we looked up a pair of Choughs swooped over the headland before being lost to sight in the direction of Mewslade Bay. I would love to know if this is the same pair that we have seen at various points along this coastline now, but I have no data on how many birds are present. Can anyone fill me in?

The final bird of note to be seen was a Great Crested Grebe far out in the sea off Rhosilli beach. I never used to think of these Grebe's as sea going before I started getting into birding more seriously, but there can be no doubt now.

As I am feeling better this weekend I should be back out in the field weather permitting. Expect an update on Sunday or Monday hopefully with some new pictures.


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