Hello me hearties. Well sadly there is no denying, this early Easter has been plagued with some pretty poor weather. Still chilly and enough rain and wind to put us all off. However, if there is a silver lining to it all, today’s stiff south south westerly all be it, not the nicest weather to be heading out offshore, gave us all today, our silver lining in the form of one flock after another of those stunningly graceful Sandwich Terns. Our first flock came zipping in off the Carrick Roads just as we were about to throttle up, comprising of some seventeen birds, of which half of them then swooped and pitched in, in unison to land right beside us on one of the large mooring buoys.. a truly magical sight if ever there was one, all lined abreast, facing into the wind before settling and commencing their preening, giving us all some truly spectacular views just a few feet away from where we had stopped. In fact, as the day worn on from this, the very start of our exciting dedicated wildlife cruise to the finish back within the Marina, it was one Sandwich Tern after another. That stiff SSW wind really brought them in today as they are nearing the end of their long passage migration. How many Sandwich Terns I hear you ask.. conservatively I would say happily +- 58 individuals, lots of 4 to 7 in one flock, individuals, 2s and 3s after that first big group of 17.
However as always, the mighty and beautiful Lizard Peninsula just to the West of Falmouth helped us once again by protecting us from the worst of the SSW wind once we had scooted across Falmouth Bay and over to Maenporth. Happily we were then in sheltered calm waters, all be it now hugging the coast but happily getting right down to Porthoustock and the Manacles Reef. Seabirds a plenty today.. not only all those continually passing graceful and elegant Sandwich Terns, but also lots of Manx Shearwaters, shearing through, over the seas surface. Guillemots and Razorbills were everywhere along with Fulmars Kittiwakes and feeding Gannets, keeping us all sharp and beady-eyed. Although happily the heavy rain had eased and stopped when we headed out today, there were still a few passing light showers, along with sea spray, that warranted full waterproofs. It looks like this unsettled weather hasn’t quite finished with us yet, but turning mild this week, so that’s a bonus.
Full Waterproofs are still a vital requirement if you are joining or planning to join one of my dedicated wildlife cruises over this next month. It is April after all. My dedicated wildlife cruises are happily available daily, throughout the week, throughout the rest of the year, come wind, rain or shine. Being a passionate naturalist, first and foremost, I’m always happy and excited to head out in my quest to search for the best and most exciting wildlife possible for you all to marvel at, photograph and enjoy. If you would like to find out more about any of my dedicated wildlife cruises, please feel free to email email@example.com or phone either 01326 316098 or 753389. If I may take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your kind words and support as it most gratefully appreciated and received. OH, for a little settled weather and some sunshine for us all now really would be nice.
1 Atlantic Grey Seal, +- 58 SANDWICH TERNS, multiple sighting from start to finish, biggest flock 17, 1 Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, 3 Ravens, 27 Fulmars, Manx Shearwaters, lots continually passing through offshore, Kittiwakes, lots offshore feeding and passing through, Razorbills and Guillemots, lots offshore feeding and passing through, Gannets, lots offshore continually passing through and feeding, Shelducks, 2 pairs, 58 Mute Swans 58, Redshanks, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Egrets, Curlew