With the weather still somewhat wild, but a vast improvement from last week, it was an absolute joy to be heading back out offshore with Free Spirit and her new propeller finally fitted, giving both improved loading to the engine, performance and authority. All be it yesterday, it was still strong SSW winds but with blue skies and the warmth of the sun’s rays bathing us, it was a delight to finally be back out. Although we couldn’t search and explore offshore, we were still able to head all the way down the Lizard Peninsula, to Lowland Point and the infamous Manacles Reef.
Happily we have still retain our 99% Cetaceans sighting record for 2018, however it was a lone Common Dolphin who rushed over to say hello as we surfed our way back home. It’s most certainly not the norm to sight a lone Common Dolphin.. Bottlenose Dolphins yes, they are well documented for often being on their own, however Common Dolphins, for me personally, it’s only been in the most recent years that I have witnessed and recorded lone Common Dolphins, as invariably, where this is one, usually there are many, many more. Last year in particular, I recorded many lone Common Dolphins throughout the year, something as I say I haven’t witnessed before. So I’m perplexed and intrigued to try and find the reason or cause as to why this has transpired just in the last few years.
Peregrine Falcons were seen pair bonding and potentially, we might have been privileged to have located a new nest site which I’m truly thrilled and delighted about as I just adore our Peregrine Falcons, who like yesterday, gave us all some truly magical and outstanding close up and personal views. Seal numbers excitingly remain high with a total of 37 hauled out including 5 of last year’s pups along with 4 in the water, making an all-time high of 41.. however, it won’t be long now before the majority of them disperse back to their summer locations..
Common Dolphin, a lone individual, 41 Atlantic Grey Seals with 37 hauled out and 5 weened pups.. new record number, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red Throated Diver, 2 Peregrine Falcons, both male and female, potential new nest sight found, buzzards, ravens, 39 fulmars, both offshore and at their cliff nest sights, Gannets, BONXIE, Great Skua, 1st for 2018, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, 15 Common Scoters, 14 drakes, 1 hen, Redshanks, Egrets, Herons, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Little Grebe