With easterly winds and strong tides recently, we have been heading east along the coast before heading offshore in a wide sweep and running along with the sea on the way back, giving us the best possible opportunities for recording a variety of wildlife. Peregrine Falcons haven’t been sighted in a while but the females were seen sitting in their usual perches today and Fulmars and Shags are also happily nesting in the cliffs. Puffins are still very much present offshore, with a high count of over 50 puffins recorded feeding today, mostly as individuals or small groups.
Sea surface temperatures are continuing to rise, with areas reaching up to 18 degrees C, prompting the arrival of Oceanic Sunfish ‘Mola mola’. We were awarded with a spectacular, close-up view of one of these bizarre looking bony fish today as it was seen interacting with a gull before swimming right beside Free Spirit, with its fin waving just above the surface and it’s white body clearly visible below. Whilst current lines, thick with Plankton, are productive strips and often good for locating species such as the Sunfish, they are now becoming thick with plastic litter in some places… yesterday we removed a plastic crabbing crate which was likely to end up getting shattered into smaller pieces on the rocks, as well as a large plastic sheet, similar to what we see is tragically becoming ingested by Cetaceans.
2 Oceanic Sunfish, 4 Peregrine Falcons, 1 male flying, females sat, 6 Atlantic Grey Seals, 2 hauled out, 70 Puffins, mostly individuals or small groups of 2 or 3, largest raft +-16 birds, 1 Kestrel, Sanderlings, Manx Shearwaters, Oystercatchers, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Guillemots, lots offshore feeding and flying through, 1 Bridled Guillemot, at nest site, Razorbills, offshore and at nest site, Gannets, Fulmars, nesting and offshore, Rock Pipits