Wednesday, 18 March 2015

All at sea!

Sea Trust ran one of our Stena Cetacean Surveys yesterday which was pretty good with Porpoises common dolphins and Risso's dolphins recorded.
Three of the seven Tysties currently present in Rosslare Harbour.
Of more relevance to this blog we also recorded our first returning Manxies of the year with a total of eleven spotted between Strumble and Rosslare. forty odd Common Scoter were seen heading north off Dinas and we had several pipits buzzing the ship on both crossings,

Interesting to see Steve Berry had a Tystie (Black Guillemot) in Fishguard Harbour as the Rosslare colony appears to be down to only seven birds as against what has been around twenty pairs most years since 2004.The big storms of last winter 2013-4 seemed to have been the cause of their demise.

Nothing other than pipits on the return until we were just off Strumble when we were passed by an Alba wagtail which literally called attention to itself!