Sightings Archives: October 2018

MARINElife Survey Report: Felixstowe to Vlaardingen 'Britannia Seaways' 2nd October 2018

Posted 04 November 2018

Vince Green and Tanya Ferry; Research Surveyors for MARINElife
Weather:Sea state 4-6, slight Rain at times with a westerly Wind

Gannet Morus bassanus 26
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 7
Guillemot Uria aalge 4
Herring Gull Larus argentatu 67
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 36
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 11
Common Gull Larus canus 35
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 1
Fulmar Fulmarus glaciali 3
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 3
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 2
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 70
Gull sp. Laridae 324
Tern sp. Sternidae 1
Diver Species 2

River birds
Swan sp. 28
Duck sp. 12
Wagtail sp. Motacilla sp. 2
Sparrow Passer domesticus 1
Oyster catcher Haematopus ostralegus 15
Coot Fulica atra 12
Mute Swan Cygnus olor 76
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 2
Pigeon Columba sp. 1
Crow Corvus sp. 13

When leaving Felixstowe myself and Tanya managed to board the ship a good few hours before leaving the port, where we were greeted by the Stewardess who kindly prepared us some supper and hot drinks. Having a 6.30am start we retired early so that we managed to get a few hours rest.

Manx Shearwater Peter Howlett 04

Manx Shearwater (Peter Howlett)

On the first leg of the trip we spotted mainly Gannet, including the odd one or two diving into the waters around us. However, as we journeyed on towards Holland we began to record other species such as Kittiwake, Herring Gull and a couple of Wagtail. Approaching Vlaardingen in the river we came across plenty of Mute Swan and a lot of Cormorant resting on the riverside.

After some lunch and a long rest, we were fighting fit and ready to take up our spots on the Bridge once again. We took up our posts once more shortly after we heard the engines starting up. On our way back to England across a stretch of the North Sea we encountered more Gannet and plenty of Gulls, including Herring, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed and of course Common, with an occasional terrestrial bird. Although we did not spot any cetaceans, we were very pleased with our bird sightings including Skuas, Shearwaters and many other birds.

As always we had a great journey and we were well looked after by Captain Olsen and the rest of the Britannia SEAWAYS crew. We would like to thank them for their hospitality and we would also like to thank DFDS for having us on board a wonderful ship.

Vince Green and Tanya Ferry; Research Surveyors for MARINElife