MARINElife Survey Report: DFDS Seaways ‘Clipper Point’ Immingham - Cuxhaven 16-18 November 2012

Janet Shepherd and Jane Gray, MARINElife Research Surveyors

Seabirds:
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 35
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 1
Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 2
Gannet Morus bassanus 113
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra 13
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 2
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 106
Common Gull Larus canus 19
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 39
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 1
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 1
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 117
Puffin Fratercula arctica 2
Guillemot Uria aalge 243
Greylag Goose Anser anser 5
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus 13
Eider Somateria mollissima 10
Great Northern Diver Gavia immer 1
Gull Sp. 30
Diver Sp.1
Duck Sp. 33
Goose Sp. 10

Terrestrial Birds:
Starling Sturnus vulgaris 3 (accompanying the ship)   

Friday 16th November: Immingham to Cuxhaven
On arrival at Immingham we were  escorted through check in and to the ship whereupon we were welcomed on board by the crew. We took the opportunity to identify the different species of gulls in their winter plumage around the dockside. As the ship made its way through the lock, we were entertained to a wonderful display, a murmuration of around 700 Starling. We then met Captain Jamieson, who we had met before on the Warren Point route and as the light was fading, we retired ready for the next morning.

Saturday, 17th November: Immingham to Cuxhaven
There had been strong winds overnight, decreasing from a southerly Force 6 first Turnstone 1thing in the morning, to Force 4 on arrival at Cuxhaven.

Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull and Guillemot were seen in large numbers with other species included divers, and three Starling, which had appeared to have hitched a ride on the ship. We also saw Pink-footed and Greylag geese on their migration south as we approached Cuxhaven.Storm Petrel

During our time in Cuxhaven, we took the opportunity to walk around the docks and observed many gulls, crows, two Turnstone and our second murmuration of Starling.

Sunday, 18th November: Cuxhaven to Immingham
Departing Cuxhaven during the evening, the second survey started again in the morning with winds from the west, with good visibility. We had good sightings of Gannet, Kittiwake, Guillemot and Fulmar, as well as sightings of Great Skua and Storm Petrel. Unfortunately, we did not encounter any cetaceans.

Thanks again to Captain Jamieson and his crew for looking after and feeding us so well!

Janet Shepherd and Jane Gray, Research Surveyors for MARINElife