April 19th, 2021
A lovely first couple of days with back to back trips and plenty of sun, although very icy winds! It’s been great having University of Exeter masters students on board with us to help record all the wildlife we’re seeing, and the sea is looking absolutely tropical and very clear. Harbour porpoises were spotted yesterday morning and we’ve had great encounters with grey seals on every trip. Seabird sightings include fulmars, sandwich terns, Manx shearwaters and high numbers of the beautiful great northern divers in a mixture of summer and winter plumages. We also had a trip of auks – guillemots, razorbills and a single puffin.
4 Harbour Porpoises, including calf, 58 Atlantic Grey Seals, several hauled out, 18 Great Northern Divers, some showing full summer plumage, 42 Fulmars, in nesting pairs and offshore, +-30 Sandwich Terns, 3 Shelducks, Manx Shearwaters, flying through offshore in small flocks, +-120 Guillemots, nesting ledges very busy, 3 Bridled Guillemots, Razorbills, 1 Puffin, 3 Kittiwakes, Gannets, Oystercatchers, 1 Egret, Ravens, on two different nest locations