We explored the coast to the other side of Falmouth today, heading all the way to up to Plymouth with the Cornwall Bird Watching & Preservation Society to then record all the nesting seabirds on the way back, between Mount Edgcumbe and Chapel Point. This survey will contribute to a current census of breeding seabirds in the UK, helping to monitor their numbers and create population estimates. Our counts consisted mostly of Herring Gulls, Fulmars and Shags and turned out to be a very successful 10 hour return trip, allowing us to explore the whole section of this coast, which is less familiar to us, very thoroughly.
Considering the great mileage we covered, there was rather little bird or Cetacean activity, despite us not being far offshore. However, we were joined briefly by a lone Common Dolphin on the way up, and recorded a small group of Risso’s Dolphins feeding inshore, including a mother and calf pair. We also had some exciting, close-up encounters with hauled-out Grey Seals at low tide, and a surprise encounter with a Fallow Deer up on the cliffs. Peregrine Falcons were also sighted in several areas along the cliffs, looking down at us from their perches… a very long but thrilling day!
4 Risso’s Dolphins, including a mother-calf pair, 1 Common Dolphin, 1 Fallow Deer, 4 Atlantic Grey Seals, hauled out, 6 Peregrine Falcons, including nesting pair with chicks, 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, +-56 Oystercatchers, high count, 2 Whimbrels, Ravens, Jackdaws, nesting, Gannets, offshore and flying through, Guillemots, Fulmars, lots nesting, Shags, nesting and roosting, Cormorants, Herring Gulls, nesting and inshore, Greater Black Backed Gulls, nesting and inshore, Rock Pipits