Sightings Archives: November 2012

MARINElife survey report: Immingham-Brevik, ‘Petunia Seaways’ 25th-28th November 2012

Posted 13 December 2012

Nik Grounds and Phil Dutt; Research Surveyors for MARINElife

Weather: Immingham-Brevik: 8-6 NNE Gothenburg-Immingham:  5-7 N


Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 35
Gannet Morus bassanus 30
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 2
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 1
Common Gull Larus canus 2
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 1
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 29
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 99
Guillemot Uria aalge 6
Razorbill Alca torda 2
Eider Somateria mollissima 255
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra 26
Unidentified geese Sp. 4
Unidentified gull Sp. 1204
Unidentified auk Sp. 15
Unidentified skua Sp. 3

Terrestrial birds:
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo c70
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 6
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus 6
Canada Goose Branta canadensis 30
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 6
Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 6
Goosander Mergus merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 8
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 1
Magpie Pica pica 1
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 15
Unidentified thrush Sp. 1

We arrived in good time and following a smooth check-in, transferred to the DFDS 'Petunia Seaways' where we were kindly shown to our cabins. The first opportunity to visit the bridge was the next morning and Captain Nielsen and his crew welcomed us. Conditions were a little too challenging for cetaceans, but we had steady numbers of Fulmar and Great Black-backed Gull. As we approached Brevik, a flock of Common Scoter were seen and large numbers of Eider. With daylight fading, two large flocks of distant gulls followed two fishing vessels passing through the islands in the fjord. 

After a good night's sleep on board, we woke in Gothenburg port and spent the morning onshore alongside the vessel. We saw a female Sparrowhawk fly across the harbour mobbed by a Hooded Crow. There were good numbers of Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser and a flight of Whooper Swan went over.

The crossing back to Immingham was slightly calmer and this part of the journey provided a lot more Kittiwake, a Great Skua was also seen. As the light faded, we picked up increasing numbers of Guillemot and Razorbill as we sailed towards the entrance of the Humber.
Our thanks to Captain Poul Nielsen and the officers and crew of the 'Petunia Seaways' and the helpful DFDS port staff who made this a very enjoyable trip.

Nik Grounds and Phil Dutt; Research Surveyors for MARINElife