MARINElife Wildlife Officer Report ‘MS Oldenburg’ Ilfracombe-Lundy-Bideford 5 October 2013

MARINElife Lundy Wildlife Officer (WLO) Steve McAusland

Sightings Summary:
Marine Mammals:
Grey Seal Pup Halichoerus grypus 2 (on Lundy)

Seabirds:
Gannet
Great Skua
Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Fulmar
Kittiwake
Guillemot
Cormorant
Shag

Terrestrial Birds:
Oystercatcher
Goldfinch
Linnet
Swallow
Curlew
Little Egret

Grey Seal Pup (S McAusland)Arriving at the Ilfracombe Shore Office at 09:00hrs, I collected my ticket and soon boarded the MS Oldenburg on a beautiful warm and sunny Autumnal morning. Gulls, Pied Wagtail and a single Green Woodpecker were seen while the crew made ready for leaving.

We slipped our berth from Ilfracombe harbour and were soon out and heading westwards towards Lundy. The sea state was calm with a gentle breeze.

Once the ship was under way, I made my way around the decks introducing myself to many of the passengers and offered assistance on passage for species identification and also possible Lundy wildlife.

Grey Seal Pup (Steve McAusland)

Cormorant Winter (S McAusland)While walking on Lundy up to the half way wall, produced sightings of Swallow, Raven, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Starling, Linnet, Wheatear, Goldfinch, Robin, Spotted Flycatcher, Wren, Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit, Kittiwake, Cormorant, Meadow Pipit and Skylark.
Animals encountered on the Island were Highland Cattle, wild Goats and Lundy Ponies.

Many thanks to the Captain and crew of MS Oldenburg for their help and assistance while onboard and to the staff of the Ilfracombe shore Office.

MARINElife/Lundy WLO Steve McAusland

Cormorant (Steve McAusland)