British wildlife recordings
Fulmarus glacialis : Northern Fulmar - Procellariidae
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Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire: OS Grid Reference(173500,205500)
Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis
The hoarse chattering call of the northern fulmar recorded on a sea cliff on Skolkholm Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire in west Wales. This gull-like seabird has grey upperparts and white under parts. It tends to breed on coastal cliffs and grassy slopes where it can be seen flying high up on the cliff face or low over the sea with stiff wings and shallow wing beats. Fulmars breed in colonies which are most abundantly found along the Scottish coastline and there are an estimated 543,000 breeding pairs in the UK. Their diet consists mainly of fish waste and crustaceans and they have a rather repugnant defence mechanism of spitting out a foul-smelling oil to repel intruders from the nest.