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Seabird & Whale Trip Report 23rd & 24th July

  • Tue 27th Jul, 2021

It was all about lots of Seabirds and Porpoises on these two trips (see species list below the photos). It was great to see the first sign this summer of Skua numbers increasing with small numbers of Arctic and Great Skuas on both days. There was a big increase in Atlantic Puffins compared to the previous trips with lots of freshly fledged juveniles seen on the sea. These trips can provide a rare opportunity to see these beautiful Pufflins fresh out of their burrows! The much smaller and very cute Guillemot chicks were also a joy to see by the side of their adult minders. Common Scoter passed the boat in big numbers especially on the 24th with a juvenile Mediterranean Gull the same day.

Photos from the trip below by our excellent guide Mark James Pearson. 

Northern Gannet © Mark PearsonNorthern Gannet © Mark Pearson

Northern Gannet © Mark PearsonNorthern Gannet © Mark Pearson

Northern Fulmar © Mark PearsonNorthern Fulmar © Mark Pearson

Common Scoter © Mark PearsonCommon Scoter © Mark Pearson

Common Guillemot © Mark PearsonCommon Guillemot © Mark Pearson

Razorbill © Mark PearsonRazorbill © Mark Pearson

Mediterranean Gull © Mark PearsonMediterranean Gull © Mark Pearson

Harbour Porpoise © Mark PearsonHarbour Porpoise © Mark Pearson

Trip Date

23rd July

24th July

Mammals

Grey Seal

7

5

Harbour Porpoise

5

4

Birds

 

 

Common Scoter

145

730

Eurasian Wigeon

0

12

Manx Shearwater

6

8

Northern Fulmar

30

35

Northern Gannet

100

80

Arctic Skua

1

4

Great Skua

4

2

Black-headed Gull

15

20

Common Gull

3

5

Mediterranean Gull

0

1

Herring Gull

50

50

Lesser Black-backed Gull

1

1

Great Black-backed Gull

8

20

Black-legged Kittiwake

180

200

Sandwich Tern

12

12

Common Tern

9

3

Arctic Tern

82

14

Common Guillemot

150

150

Razorbill

80

80

Atlantic Puffin

50

50