Sightings Archives: November 2012

MARINElife Survey Report: Dover-Dunkirk, 'Delft Seaways' 4th November 2012

Posted 11 November 2012

Dave Miller & Claire Trew: Researchers for MARINElife
Weather:WSW Force 8-10 good visibility with 1-3 cloud cover 

Gannet Morus bassanus  74
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo  2
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 1
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus 3
Common Gull Larus canus 5
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 5
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 5
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 8
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 41
Guillemot Uria aalge 2
Small gull sp. 4


After a long drive, heavy rain and closed motorways driving down from the north.
Dave finally made it and The DFDS check in and boarding team managed to squeeze
us on the sailing at 12.00.

Little Gulls

As we left the harbour we came across a flurry of Little Gull, Gannet, Great Black-backed Gull and Kittiwake. Also appearing were a Great Skua and a couple of Guillemots. Further out to sea we came across a good number of adult Gannet with very few juveniles seen.

Kittiwake by GE

On our return after a bite to eat we saw the odd Kittiwake and Herring Gull.

Due to this time of year the day light hours began to diminish, dusk set in and the birds disappeared.
The survey ended at 16.50.

A big thank you to Captain Andrew Ridout who kindly cleaned the windows of where we were surveying and all the officers & staff that made us welcome. It is always a pleasure to sail with DFDS and their highly organised, efficient Captains, officers and staff.

Dave Miller and Claire Trew, Research Surveyors for MARINElife