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Sea Seal Update 13/09/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

A brilliant Birds Rock survey for our Sea Seal volunteer yesterday evening! A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted hauled out on a small shingle beach close to where a seal pup had been sighted from boat trips earlier on in the day! Excitingly, she was recognised as a regular visitor Birds Rock!! Two more Atlantic grey seals were also observed swimming through the area, as were a group of bottlenose dolphins!

Sea Seal Update 09/09/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoises

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 4, wind direction W

Our SeaSeal volunteer spotted several Atlantic grey seals yesterday evening at Birds Rock, despite the wind and large waves! Two females and a male were observed in the water: scanning and swimming past the rocks. A small group of harbour porpoises were also sighted further offshore! Bird sightings included a peregrine falcon and a kestrel!

SeaSeal Update 31/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

It was a busy evening at Birds Rock, with a large number of Atlantic grey seals recorded by our Sea Seal volunteer. Two seals were observed hauled out throughout the entire two hour survey, with one being quite vocal. Towards the end of the survey, several more seals were spotted swimming into the area: splashing and fighting in the water once they reached the sea around the rocks. Bird sightings included oystercatchers, fulmars and a heron.

SeaSeal Update 22/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S-W

A great day at Birds Rock yesterday with plenty of Atlantic grey seal sightings during the two hour survey conducted. Three seals were observed in the water, bottling, scanning and diving. Another spent some time attempting to haul out onto the rocks despite the large waves washing over them. Excitingly, our Sea Seal volunteer was able to identify three of the four of the seals recorded as individuals spotted at Birds Rock earlier this year! Other sightings included kestrels, gannets and a small toad.

SeaSeal Update 10/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W

Four Atlantic grey seals were observed at Birds Rock yesterday afternoon by our SeaSeal volunteer! Three were sighted in the water – bottling, scanning and logging. One remained hauled out on the rocks for the entire survey and was identified as an individual seen during previous surveys at Birds Rock!!

SeaSeal Survey Update 04/08/18: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather: overcast, wind N, sea state 1

Our SeaSeal volunteer was up early yesterday morning to carry out a two hour survey at Birds Rock. Five Atlantic grey seals were observed bottling and scanning while in the water around the rocks, with a couple looking to haul-out! Bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted, travelling past the survey area. Three choughs were observed flying around the cliffs, a kestrel was seen hovering above Birds Rock, and fulmars and kittiwakes were also sighted!

Sea Seal Update 19th July 2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: sunny, no wind, sea state 1

A fabulous morning at Birds Rock, with lots of activity around the cliffs! Eight Atlantic grey seals were seen during the first half of the survey, hauled out in the sunshine and in the water. Five bottlenose dolphins were observed briefly foraging and chasing fish next to the cliffs!! Three kestrel fledglings were sighted flying around Birds Rock, as well as all the usual seabirds: fulmars, cormorants and gulls. Several compass jellyfish were also recorded!

SeaSeal Update 12/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction N

It was a fairly quiet survey for our Sea Seal volunteer yesterday at Birds Rock. Just one Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water at the beginning of the 2 hours, initially looking to haul out before swimming out of the survey area. Towards the end of the survey, however, five bottlenose dolphins were observed. Three adult and two young were recorded, with the two calves seen leaping, head slapping and playing with seaweed!!! A variety of birdlife was also seen: a red kite was spotted circling the cliff top and a kestrel, choughs and gannets flew past!

SeaSeal Update 07/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state: 1, Wind direction: N

It was a busy morning yesterday at Birds Rock when our #SeaSeal volunteer headed up to conduct a survey. Five Atlantic grey seals were seen both in the water and hauled out on the rocks. A couple were squabbling over their position on one of their preferred haul out rocks. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted: a mother and calf were catching fish close to the cliffs.

SeaSeal Update 01/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, light rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Despite the drops of rain yesterday evening our SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock to carry out a seal survey. 4 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, throughout the two hour survey, bottling and diving. There were plenty of fish around and bottlenose dolphins were observed feeding – a mother and calf could be seen chasing fish just below the surface!! There was a lot of bird activity too: gannets and gulls were spotted feeding on bait balls close to Birds Rock and a kestrel flew past carrying a mouse!

SeaSeal Update 22/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction N

Our #SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock early yesterday morning to conduct seal survey. Four Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water: two seen bottling (pictured) throughout the entire 2 hour survey and two swimming past Birds Rock. Bottlenose dolphins were seen, with one mother and calf foraging close to the rocks for a short time. A variety of birds were also observed, including several gannets, fulmars, choughs and a peregrine falcon flying past!!

SeaSeal Update 16/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction SW

Our SeaSeal volunteer saw a variety of wildlife up at Birds Rock yesterday evening. A group of bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling towards New Quay and an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water! Lots of seabirds flew past the cliffs including red-billed choughs and a leucistic herring gull.