Sightings Archives: January 2015

Condor Ferries (Commodore Goodwill) Portsmouth – Jersey (27th January 2015)

Posted 07 February 2015

Julia Benson and Hannah Ramsey-Smith, Research Surveyors for MARINElife

Summary of Weather and Species Recorded

Weather: Cloudy with some sunshine and good visibility. Westerly wind, force 2-5 and sea state 2-5.

Gannet Morus bassanus 40
Razorbill Alca torda 11
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 4
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 5
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 2
Guillemot Uria aalge 38
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 6
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 1
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 5
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus 9
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 10
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 2
Auk sp. 49
Gull sp. 6
Tern sp. 1

We were welcomed onto the ship and made our way to the drivers' lounge. As it was too dark to survey we had time to relax, have a delicious meal and retire to our cabins for the overnight crossing to Guernsey and Jersey.

The following morning, after a good breakfast, we were shown to the bridge where we were warmly welcomed by Captain Rad Zelazny and his crew. They were very helpful and friendly, showing us where we could obtain the data necessary for completing our data sheets. We departed from Jersey just after 9am and began our survey. Our first sightings were of a Great Black-backed Gull and a Cormorant.

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Cormorant (Archive photo: Adrian Shephard)

Throughout the surveying period we saw many small groups of Guillemot and Razorbill, and the occasional Gannet with a few of them actively feeding.

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Guillemot (Archive photo: Peter Howlett)

We also saw Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull. As we approached the Isle of Wight, a Great Crested Grebe crossed our path ahead of the ship, later followed by two groups of four and another individual.

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Mediterranean Gull (Archive photo: Mike Bamford)

As we approached Nab Tower we concluded our survey. It was a very enjoyable trip with good sea conditions and a very friendly crew. Thank you to Captain Rad Zelazny and his crew.


Julia Benson and Hannah Ramsey-Smith, Research Surveyors for MARINElife