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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 10:23   #1
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choughs at limit of their range

yesterday i was walking along the South Wales coast near Nash Point when i saw two choughs at the coast where the Nash Brook flows into the Bristol Channel

this is the furthest east i've seen choughs in South Wales, the previous record being in Rhossili in the Gower peninsula

from the BTO maps i gather that Nash Point must be about as far east as choughs have been observed along the South Wales coast - is this assumption correct ?
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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 10:26   #2
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I've heard of them being seen at Southerndown and Lavernock Point.

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interesting - i've never seen any at Lavernock Point on the many occasions i've been there
are any parts of the season better for viewing than others ?
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I'm rarely at Lavernock so am not sure. For Chough I tend to go to Rhosilli. Often plenty of other interesting stuff to see there as well.

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They're at Rhosilli all year round.

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except that Gower is a bit further away from my home patch
i'll try and keep an eye out next time i'm at Lavernock Point
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Southerdown is another area I've heard they've been seen.

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which makes sense, since the mouth of Nash Brook is only a stones throw away from Southerdown
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coming back to choughs, yesterday I was near St.Martins Haven (Pembrokeshire) and saw about 25 choughs frolicking in the sky

is this rather unusual to see this number together ? it almost seemed like an early morning get-together
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A good number, but far from exceptional - I've read of winter roosts of over 100 on the Lleyn Peninsula in north Wales.
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the strange thing was that I only saw them all together during that 5 to 10 minute spell - after that it was only the usual ones or twos, as if the larger group had dispersed to get on with the business of feeding
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coming back to choughs, yesterday I was near St.Martins Haven (Pembrokeshire) and saw about 25 choughs frolicking in the sky

is this rather unusual to see this number together ? it almost seemed like an early morning get-together
Non-breeding choughs usually go round in flocks in areas with a good population of the species. Choughs generally nest from the age of two years, so there will be a section of the population which is one year old, as well as older birds which haven't established a nesting site yet. To make matters more complicated when researching choughs, breeding pairs often join the flocks!
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Old Thursday 20th April 2017, 18:28   #13
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thanks for the clarification
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