Tuesday, 31 July 2012

English Channel 25nm S of Start Point

Yesterday 30/07/2012. From an angling boat. Good numbers of gulls, with juvs of both Herring and Lesser Black now appearing out at sea, in with them at least 3 juv/1w Yellow-legged Gulls. Constant chumming only produced 4 European Storm-petrels, a brief visit by a Sooty Shearwater, Common Tern, Bonxie and Fulmars numbers were higher with over 50. Cormorants are not usually seen out this far, but we had two circle the boat then pitch in with the gulls!
One Ocean Sunfish drifted past the boat but conditions were too rough to see any cetaceans.
Although a few Manx were seen further out most were within 6nm of land both when going out and returning.