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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Puffins at Worms Head

It's been on my mind for a while to make the visit to Worms Head in search of Puffins, therefore following news of Dean Bolt's visit last Sunday reporting up to 4 Puffins present around the outer head was all the encouragement I needed to try and get this bird on my Glamorgan Bird List. I suppose unofficially it was already on the list because I saw one off Port Eynon about 10 years ago, but that sighting is more a memory than a record with no date available to record against. Not sure what the rules are, or even if there are rules, but it makes sense to me to have at least a location and date for a record to be properly documented/listed.
Anyway there were up to 3 Puffins present today including a fairly distant two and a closer single bird. The bird shown above was under the breeding ledges of the Auks and Kittiwakes and was a nice reward for Darren Coombs and me following a long wait without any sign of Puffins. In fact it took about 2hrs to find any Puffins and they only came to the sea under the ledges just before we needed to start our return journey to the mainland. The initial distant sightings were 2 birds on the sea south of the outer head.
I've not been to Worms Head for many years and even longer since I ventured to the outer head. Having now spent a few hours there today it seems to me that the optimal place to look for the Puffins is from Devil's Bridge, which gives a good view of the sea below the breeding ledges and also the sea south of Worms Head.
If not familiar with the going underfoot then I would describe the route out to the outer head as challenging in places and a bit of a scramble at times. The causeway open times are displayed on a board next to the path leading down from the lookout station. The period when it is safe to cross between the mainland and inner head is generally 5 hrs split over the low tide mark i.e. 2+1/2 hours either side of the low water time. Certainly this special location is well worth a visit and seeing our very own breeding Guillemots and Razorbills on the ledges is very entertaining and rewarding.

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