What a day! Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters were continually passing us by as we slowly travelled offshore…I always say that Manx Shearwaters are happily our indicator birds for Minke Whales, as they both feed on exactly the same food, a small baitfish and krill! So with so many birds being sighted throughout our fun-filled and incredibly exciting dedicated 4 hour wildlife cruise, which saw us happily covering some 38 nautical miles as a round trip, including several vast wheeling and feeding flocks, numbering several hundred birds in both aggregations, my thoughts were always going to Minke Whales! Which we are once again, just starting to record as well as getting reports in saying there have been sightings within the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay, of these joyful and inquisitive little friendly whales!
As sea temperatures now slowly and steadily rise, it is most definitely exciting times ahead, and with this years Annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week coming up at the end of this month, organised by the Sea Watch Foundation, starting on the 29th July through to 6th August! I’m particularly excited as I just adore this annual fun-filled event! If you would like to find out more, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you would prefer to phone 01326 316 098, I would be delighted to hear from you all! If we can, we like to try and run our longer 7 hour cruises throughout this annual event, to maximise and cover the biggest area possible, helping to record the most Cetaceans possible for the Sea Watch Foundation, of which all our collective sightings go into the National database! It’s always a fabulous event for families and children to get involved in!
6 STORM PETRELS, Manx Shearwaters – lots offshore continually passing through, including several large feeding aggregations containing some + – 200 birds, 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS, Gannets continually passing through, Fulmars, Lots of Guillemots at the nest site, chicks very audible, adults returning with Sandeels, Lots of Razorbills at the nest site, Peregrine Falcon juveniles, Buzzards, Kestrels over cliffs, Ravens, Swallows, 3 Atlantic Grey Seals, Rock Pipits, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls.