Saturday, 27 August 2011

26TH AUGUST, 2011
English Channel 13-20nm South of Start Point, Devon
From a fishing boat: 2 Great Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, 3 Black Terns, 5 Common terns, Yellow-legged Gull juv/1w, 10+ European Storm-petrels, 3 Bonxies. Two groups of Common Dolphins.

Great Shearwater ©Mark Darlaston

Monday, 22 August 2011

22ND AUGUST, 2011

3 Risso's Dolphin seen at French Banks, Lyme Bay

20 Dolphin sp. (including one calf) seen 2 miles off Sea Town. Reported by Skipper Tony.

1 dead Comorant floating off Dog Cliff/Thorncombe Beacon. Reported by Simon Miles

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

16TH AUGUST, 2011
Berry Head, Devon
Seawatching 0600-1300hrs:
53 Pomarine Skuas of mixed ages most with short spooned tailed but several with full spoons, largest single group 8 (remarkable passage for Aug), 31 Arctic Skua, 21 Bonxie, 66 Balearic Shearwaters, 402 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Little Gull, 721 Kittiwake (inc 61 juvs), 39 Common Tern 5 Sandwich Tern, 748 Gannets, 24 Fulmar. 22 Common Scoter and Harbour Porpoise. Mark Darlaston, Mike Langman and Dave Norman.

Immature Pomarine Skuas ©Mark Darlaston

Monday, 15 August 2011

13TH AUGUST, 2011

Albatross sp. reported off Porthcurno by Nicky Morse, skipper of Viking, Penzance

14TH AUGUST, 2011
West end of Lyme Bay off Devon
From a fishing boat.
About 11nm off Start Point one Sooty Shearwater and 3 European Storm-petrels otherwise pretty quiet.

Sooty Shearwater ©Mark Darlaston

Heading back, about 1nm off Dartmouth large feeding frenzy of Gannets with c1000 Manx Shearwaters (no Balearics seen) and a couple of Bonxies.

Manx Shearwater ©Mark Darlaston

Sunday, 14 August 2011

14TH AUGUST, 2011

Sand Bay, Weston Super-Mare
1 stranded Harbour Porpoise

Thursday, 11 August 2011

9TH AUGUST, 2011
Lynmouth, Devon
A Fin Whale st
randed on the North Devon coast. As the animal was well preserved it may have only been dead for a day or two. 

3RD AUGUST, 2011
30-40 Dolphin Sp.,1 mile south of Seaton, Devon, 5-10 Harbour Porpoise 11 miles south of Seaton. Sithing reported by John Wallington, skipper of Outcast.

1ST AUGUST, 2011
5+ Common Dolphin at 11am and 29+ at 11.45, 2 km offshore west of Longships lighthouse, feeding. 5 Harbour Porpoise. Sighting reported by Kathryn Driscoll. 
29TH JULY, 2011
Marinelife/Naturetrek Evening Pelagic from Weymouth Quay 16:45hrs - 19:45hrs. F2 SE. Seastate 1-2. Warm, but overcast with some light drizzle at times

CORY'S SHEARWATER 1, Manx Shearwater 2, Arctic Skua 1, Northern Fulmar 1, Gannet 51, Common Tern 2, Kittwake 10, Yellow-legged Gull 1, Common Scoter 1F, Cormorant 2, Shag 1, Great Black-backed Gull 32, Herring Gull 132, Auk spp. 1

JULY, 2011 
Land's End
29th 1 Basking Shark at 11am

27th 5 Harbour Porpoise

20th 8 Harbour Porpoise, 3 Basking Shark, 6 Common Dolphin

13th 1 Harbour Porpoise

12th 8 Harbour Porpoise, 6 Common Dolphin, 3 Basking Shark

11th 26+ Common Dolphin and 8 Harbour Porpoise

2nd 50+ Common Dolphin

1st 25 Common Dolphin
Sightings reported by Kathryn Driscoll.

11TH AUGUST, 2011
Start Point, Devon
Seawatch 0600-1500:
Great Shearwater (at 12:50), Sooty Shearwater (14:20), 2 Puffin, 16 Balearic Shearwater, 1270 Manx Shearwater, 2 Bonxie, 15 Common Scoter, 6 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 7 Auks, 3-5 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 728 Gannet 10 Kittiwakes (including 3 juvs).

Sunday, 7 August 2011

7TH AUGUST. 2011
Start Point, Devon
Seawatch 12:30-18:30: Cory's Shearwater (at 15:25), Sooty Shearwater, only one Balearic Shearwater!, 569 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Terns.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

3RD August, 2011
11nm south of Start Point, Devon
From a fishing boat: Pomarine Skua (adult), 3 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Terns, 8 Common Terns, 80+ Manx Shearwaters, 3 European Storm-petrels, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls (juvs) in with numerous Lesser Black-backs and Herring Gulls and around 100 Fulmars (all double light phase bar one light phase).

Common Tern (adult©Mark Darlaston