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Lundy WLO report Bideford-Lundy 11 May

Today was my first trip to Lundy since last year and it was one that departed from Bideford at 08:30am and returned at 7:30pm. I boarded MS Oldenburg and made my way to the bridge and was greeted by Jason the Captain. Also on board was Judith and Kiera who were doing the MARINElife monthly survey.

 

Out on the decks, I chatted to many of the passengers about our work and what we could possibly see during today's sailings. The sea state was calm, and the sun shone on us for most of the day.

Gannet (Library photo: Steve McAusland)

As the ship navigated the Taw estuary many common birds were observed, then once out into the Bristol Channel and open sea, we started to pick up some of the expected seabirds, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Guillemot, Razorbill and Fulmar. Halfway over, a flock of five Common Scoter passed by from the port side of the ship.

 

Arriving at Lundy's landing bay a few Grey Seals were seen, much to the delight of many of the passengers.

Puffin (Library photo: Steve McAusland)

My time on the Island was split between Milcombe, exploring the wooded area, then on to the cliffs on the western side, where I got to see some Puffins as they rafted on the sea in the company of Guillemots and Razorbills. Fulmar circled the cliffs and a large contingent of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (predators) were seen very close to where the Puffins have their burrows. 

 

The return sailing was again a calm one with not so many birds this time. Sadly, there were no sightings of any cetaceans this trip. The ship arrived back in Bideford and before I disembarked, I thanked Jason the Captain and his crew for supporting MARINElife and I look forward to my next trip.

MARINElife/Lundy Steve McAusland

 

Estuary and Birds at sea

Canada Goose

Carrion Crow

Common Scoter

Cormorant

Curlew

Fulmar

Gannet

Great Black-backed Gull

Grey Heron

Guillemot 

Herring Gull

Jackdaw

Little Egret

Mallard Duck

Manx Shearwater

Oystercatcher

Razorbill

Redshank

Shag

Shelduck

Swallow

 

Birds on and around Lundy

Blackbird

Blackcap

Blue Tit

Carrion Crow

Chaffinch

Chiffchaff

Fulmar

Gannet

Goldfinch

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Tit

Greylag Goose

Guillemot 

Herring Gull

House Sparrow

Jackdaw

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Linnet

Manx Shearwater

Meadow Pipit

Oystercatcher

Pied Wagtail

Puffin

Raven

Razorbill

Robin

Shag

Skylark

Spotted Flycatcher

Starling

Stonechat

Swallow

Wheatear

Willow Warbler

Wood pigeon

Wren

 

Butterflies

Brimstone

Large White

Peacock

Small Tortoiseshell

 

Mammals

Feral Goat

Grey Seal

Lundy Pony

Sheep

Sika Deer

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