Ilfracombe or Bideford-Lundy

Sightings Archives: May 2012

MARINElife Survey Report: Ilfracombe-Lundy 'MS Oldenburg' 19th May 2012

Posted 21 May 2012

Darren Fanner and Rick Morris Research Surveyors for MARINElife
Weather: ENE-NE 1-2

Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 3
Dolphin Sp. 2

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 1
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 20
Gannet Morus bassanus 14
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 2
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 4
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 25
Guillemot Uria aalge 57
Razorbill Alca torda 3
Gull Sp. 5
Auk Sp. 1

Terrestrial Birds
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 6

After arriving at Ilfracombe Harbour and calling into the shore office to let Jacqui know we were here, we proceeded to board our survey vessel, Lundy's supply ship the MS Oldenburg. Once onboard we were welcomed onto the bridge by Jerry the captain.
We slipped our moorings and within a few minutes recorded three Harbour Porpoises which showed well in the very calm sea as well a lot of flora debris on the surface that had come from the recent flooding. Nearing the halfway point we had two dolphins in the distance which we believe were Bottlenose but couldn't be 100% sure.
Woodchat Shrike by RM

Arriving at Lundy we visited the information barn to check out the latest bird sightings before making our way up the track to the top of the island. We were informed that a number of Puffins were back so we made our way up to Jenny's Cove to see them. After having our lunch overlooking the Bay in glorious sunshine, we resumed our walk and along the way had some great views of Sika Deer and various birds including Linnets, Wheatears, Pipits, Swallows and Martins, then on top of the three quarter mark wall; we saw a Woodchat Shrike.



Sika Deer by RM

Making our way down back to the landing produced more sightings of Sika Deer as well as Lundy's Soay Sheep. We boarded our vessel for the return trip and met up with Derek green, Lundy Islands General Manager and although we didn't see any more cetaceans, we recorded Manx Shearwaters, Auks, Cormorant, Gulls and Gannets.
Upon arriving back in Ilfracombe we said our farewell to Jerry and the crew and made our way home.

Our thanks go to all of Lundy's staff and the crew of the MS Oldenburg.
Special thanks to Brian for the bacon butties and mug of tea!

Darren Fanner and Rick Morris Research Surveyors for MARINElife