MARINElife Wildlife Officer Report: Condor Ferries ‘Condor Express’ Poole-Guernsey 13 August 2014

Abigail Parsons Wildlife Officer for MARINElife

Weather:
Clear skies, quite windy on the outward trip. A little calmer on the homeward journey.

Summary of sightings:

Marine Mammals:
None today

Seabirds:
Gannet
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Tern Sp.

Terrestrial Birds:
Swift

Wednesday 13th August started out a beautiful crisp morning. We set sail at 7am sharp, making our way through the channel.

As we left the shelter of the coast the wind picked up and we experienced the very last of the Hawaiian hurricane that blew over at the weekend. The wind made for some quite choppy seas. A few people braved the decks with me but the weather made it quite difficult to see anything.

Poole Harbour Abi Parsons
Poole Harbour (Abi Parsons)

As we passed Gannet rock I counted over 100 Gannet soaring through the air enjoying all the high winds. By 10am we had arrived at Guernsey. Despite the wind it was a lovely sunny day and there were Black-headed Gull sheltering in the harbour enjoying the early morning sun.

I had an explore of the surrounding coastline after lunch, and all too soon it was time to return to the ferry.

Guernsey view Abi Parsons 01
View across the Little Russel to Jethou and Herm (Abi Parsons)

The return journey was calmer and I kept my eyes peeled for any cetaceans in the sheltered sea around Guernsey but with no luck. As we neared Poole harbour I spotted a few Herring Gull and terns feeding around the shore.

As always our thanks go to Condor Ferries for their continued support of our work.