Sightings Archives: August 2012

MARINElife survey report: Immingham-Brevik: ‘Petunia Seaways’ 26th-29th August 2012

Posted 10 September 2012

Dave Miller and Dick Lorand, Research Surveyors for MARINElife 

Cetaceans and Seals:
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus 11

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 937
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 1
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 1
Gannet Morus bassanus 158
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 50
Great Skua Catharacta skua 14
Parasitic (Arctic) Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 7
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 18
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 13
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 61
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 80
Guillemot Uria aalge 92
Razorbill Alca torda 1
Eider Somateria mollissima 214
'Commic' Tern Sterna hirundo/paradisea 25
Auk Sp. 6
Gull Sp. 1
Large Gull Sp. 1

Terrestrial Birds:
Feral Pigeon Columba palumbus 1
Pied/White Wagtail Motacilla alba 3
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 2
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 1
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 1
Mute Swan Cygnus olor 6
Swift Apus apus 1

Arctic Skua We arrived at Immingham port on Saturday night and after being escorted to our quarters, got some sleep before an early start. After breakfast we were escorted to the bridge where we were introduced to the bridge crew and commenced our survey. We were already out to sea and recorded regular sightings of mainly Fulmar and Gannets, there were also regular sightings of Guillemot mostly found in their winter plumage, and also great views of Great and Arctic Skua. Although the wind was strong, viewing conditions were excellent. As darkness descended we made our way to the cabin for an early night so that we could be on bridge for the morning entrance into the fjord to reach Brevik.

The next morning was very calm as we came towards the Norwegian coast and with the help of the local pilot the ship's crew negotiated the entrance to Brevik. An amazing view of the fjord and summer houses was added to by large flocks of Eider and Cormorant. On a Kittiwake juv 4small island 11 grey seals were hauled out lazily watching the progress of our ship. Also encountered in these sheltered waters were Grey Heron, Mute Swan and a Hooded Crow to remind us how far north we were.

After docking we spent a wonderful day along the fjord enjoying the fantastic weather. There was a lot to see close to where the ship had docked with Red Squirrel and seven Ravens being the highlight.

After the stop in Gothenburg, where we got to grips with the data entry, there was the trip back across the North Sea with similar numbers of seabirds, although a lot more Kittiwakes on this journey, we also observed large numbers of Fulmar following some trawlers.

As dusk came upon us, we watched Spurn Head come in to view and after passing the Point we thanked Captain Hoftehoj and crew and prepared to leave.

We would like to thank Captain's Olesen and Hoftehoj and the crew for their hospitality and especially to the chef for feeding us so well……..I am off for a jog now.

Dave Miller and Dick Lorand, Research Surveyors for MARINElife