At last there seems to be a build-up of food/plankton off-shore and as a result a lot more wild-life being seen on our boat trips! The band of fog and drizzle on Monday also pushed in large numbers of sea-birds; 2000 Manx, 60+ Sooty, 4-5 Great and a couple of Balearic Shearwaters. Over 60 Storm Petrels were moving between Mount’s Bay and the Runnelstone, feeding in rafts well in-shore, before gradually moving out west as the visibility improved in the afternoon. Associated with this movement were a beautiful adult Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine and Great Skuas, Sandwich and Common Terns, and Mediterranean Gulls amongst the more usual Gannets (over 200), auks and Kittiwakes. The pod of 8-12 Harbour Porpoise and a Risso’s Dolphin were also feeding around the reef- all more typical of an August sea-watch than early July!
Yesterdays seabird numbers were well down as the sun beat down, but we still managed to see over 1000 Manx, 5-6 Sooty, and 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Stormies, 8 Sandwich Terns, mostly in an impressive feeding frenzy including Gannets, Kittiwakes and Fulmars over the Mulberry Dock. 5 Common Dolphins lingered off the “watch-box”, and the pod of Harbour porpoise were still off the Runnelstone, whilst the building plankton “slicks” held Moon and Compass jellyfish and 2-3 Ocean Sunfish. The bay still has lingering Great northern Diver, up to 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Scoter, and still (though not looking his best in his dull “eclipse” plumage) our resident “troubled” drake Eider, and it’s still only July!!!
The bird pics are Storm Petrel x2, Sooty and Manx Shearwaters (several), Sandwich tern x1, feeding frenzy including Sooty, Manx, Gannets, Stormie, Kittiwakes , Fulmars , Gulls and Guillemots, Gannets x2 and finally the Eider.
Don’t forget to book your Penzance Pelagic Trip this summer July and August, Saturday mornings 6.30am-12.30pm.