May 19th, 2021
Difficult conditions over the weekend with the westerly gales and continuous showers on Sunday but there were lots of seabirds to be seen offshore – they didn’t seem to mind the weather too much! We headed west both days to get under the shelter of the Lizard Peninsula and made it all the way down past the Manacles. A couple of porpoises were spotted on Saturday but they were lost in the waves quite quickly. There was a nice squeeze of bird life all coming from the east, with some lovely close encounters with Manx shearwaters, guillemots and razorbills flying through, as well as large feeding aggregations of diving gannets. Several seals were seen in the calm water as well as a male peregrine perched high on the cliffs past the Helford.
2 Harbour Porpoises, mother calf pair, 6 Atlantic Grey Seals, including one far offshore, 1 Great Northern Diver, winter plumage, 7 Sandwich Terns, 100s of Manx Shearwaters, large flocks flying through offshore, Kittiwakes, 2 Swallows, lots of Guillemots, Razorbills, lots of Gannets, hunting and passing through, 2 Peregrine Falcons, males at nest site