Sightings Archives: June 2013

MARINElife Survey Report: Heysham–Warrenpoint ‘Anglia Seaways’ and 'Clipper Panorama’ 6th - 7th June 2013

Posted 19 June 2013

Nik Grounds, Research Surveyor for MARINElife
Conditions: Westbound: NE 1 to E 1-4;  Eastbound: E 3 to WNW 3


Cetaceans and Seals:
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 7
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 12
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus 1

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 11
Gannet Morus bassanus 81
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 3
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra 6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 62
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 2
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 16
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 17
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 13
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 81
Guillemot Uria aalge 243
Black Guilletmot Cepphus grylle 1
Razorbill Alca torda 20
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica 1
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 524
'Commic' Tern Sterna hirundo/paradisaea 9
Unidentified auk sp 9

Terrestrial birds:
Swallow Hirundo rustica 1

Other waterbirds recorded in Carlingford Lough:
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle
Shag Phalacrocorx aristotelis
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Gannet Morus bassanus

Black Guillemot 1I arrived in good time and following a smooth check in was transferred to the DFDS Anglia Seaways for the crossing to Warrenpoint.  I was kindly provided with breakfast before being escorted to the bridge where I was made welcome by the Captain, Ure Forbes and his crew.  As we left the harbour, conditions looked promising with calm seas and excellent visibility.

Morecambe Bay was rather quiet with two flocks of Common Tern but I did spot a Grey Seal in the Lune Deep and it was here I started to record the first of many Guillemot.

Numbers of Manx Shearwater built up, and as I approached Carlingford Lough a Swallow heading south flew in front of the bridge.  One Habour Porpoise was observed close to the entrance of Carlingford Lough and 'Commic' Tern could be seen busily fishing with a number of Gannet and Sandwich Tern in Carlingford Lough.

After a good night's sleep in a B&B, I boarded Seatruck Panorama, where I was made welcome on the bridge by Captain Paul Matthews and his crew.

Shortbeaked CDsAt Haulbowline lighthouse at the entrance to Carlingford Lough up to fifteen Black Guillemot were using the ledges for nesting.

The crossing back to Heysham was very calm and I was rewarded with sightings of seven Short-beaked Common Dolphin approximately 14 miles WSW of the Calf of Man.  I also saw good numbers of Harbour Porpoise as sea conditions were mirror calm, and one Puffin was noted as I passed the Isle of Man.

Overall I had a very productive survey and am most grateful to the Seatruck Ferries staff and crews for their hospitality

Nik Grounds, Research Surveyor for MARINElife