MARINElife WLO Report: MS Oldenburg Bideford-Lundy 30 June 2018

Steve McAusland MARINElife/Lundy WLO

Summary of sightings:

Marine Mammals
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Estuary birds
Peregrine
Redshank
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Curlew
Oystercatcher
Cormorant

Birds at sea:
Puffin
Manx Shearwater
Black Headed Gull
Herring Gull
Kittiwake
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Fulmar
Cormorant
Shag
Gannet

Lundy terrestrial birds:
House Sparrow
Meadow Pipit
Wheatear
Starling
Raven
Carrion Crow
Wood Pigeon
House Martin
Swallow
Linnet
Oystercatcher
Skylark
Whitethroat
Pied Wagtail

Arriving in Bideford at 07:30am I collected my ticket from the Landmark office and joined the passengers on the quay ready for boarding MS Oldenburg. The ship was full with 256 passengers and 8 crew, upon making my way up to the bridge; I readied myself for the sailing while chatting the Jason the Captain. As the ship sailed along the estuary I caught sight of a Peregrine leaving the A39 road bridge. I soon proceeded to start my tour around the upper and lower decks introducing myself to the passengers.

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Puffin (Library photo: Steve McAusland)

Whilst Oldenburg made its way through a reasonably calm sea we soon caught sight of Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, Shag, plus many gulls. Sadly, this trip did not produce any Cetaceans.

Upon disembarking the Oldenburg, I made my way up to catch up with Rick Morris (MARINElife Chairman of Trustees) and Maya Plass (MARINElife Patron) who were running another MARINElife Lundy Adventures break. After that I spent the rest of my time on the Island birding.

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Juvenile Wheatear (Library photo: Steve McAusland)

The crossing back to Bideford was very calm and warm as the sun continued to shine all day. Pretty much the same birds were seen along the way as on the journey out.

As we arrived back in Bideford, I thanked Jason and the crew for supporting MARINElife and I look forward to my next trip in August.