The last few days of this year’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch have been brilliant. We’ve had multiple sightings of common dolphins and harbour porpoises every time we’ve headed out offshore, and a huge diversity of wader and water birds when we went up the estuary on Saturday morning. It’s so lovely to see so many young and new born common dolphins among the pods as it shows they are breeding in the area. Rarer birds such Balearic shearwaters and great skuas have been seen recently as well as more giant bluefin tuna and several species of jellyfish. Friday was a particularly good day for Manx shearwaters as we recorded thousands feeding, flying though and sat on the water in large rafts.
+-275 Common Dolphins, multiple interactions, many mother-calf pairs, 34 Harbour Porpoises, Giant Bluefin Tuna, Atlantic Grey Seals, including a couple hauled out up the estuary, 1000s of Manx Shearwaters, 8 Balaeric Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas, 1000s of Gannets, adults and juveniles, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, +-100 Mediterranean Gulls, including a couple of large roosts of around 40 birds, Common Scoters, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 8 Sandwich Terns, Ravens, Dunlin, Curlews, Whimbrels, Oystercatchers, Egrets, Herons, Shelducks, Peregrine Falcons, Barrel Jellyfish, Compass Jellyfish, Moon Jellyfish