A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed
Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago
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From Penzance harbour we observed a distant male Common Eider near the railway station. Between Penzance and Wolf in a fairly light easterly wind and with good visibility we saw 147 Gannets, 9 Manx Shearwater, 3 Common Scoter, 8 Guillemot, 11 distant auks, 8 GBB Gulls, 1 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 1 Harbour Porpoise. 1 Robin flew around the ship several times when we were well out from the coast.
Between Wolf Rock and the Scillies, Gannets continued to be seen with another 118, also 2 Manx Shearwaters along with a few Black-backed gulls, 5 Guillemot and 2 auks. The highlight was the several waves of Common Dolphin pods, producing 75+ animals, which came briefly to our ship and caused great excitement for the deck passengers. Nearing St Mary's a Harbour Porpoise showed well.
On the return journey to Wolf, 32+ Common Dolphins came to our ship. Also seen were 83 Gannets, 1 Manx Shearwaters, 60 Great Black-backed Gulls, 3 Guillemots and a Fulmar.
From Wolf to Penzance in failing light we saw 1 Great Skua, 51 Gannets, 1 Guillemot, 5 auks, 13 GBB Gulls, 3 BH Gulls. From Wolf to Penzance in light which was failing we noted 51 Gannets, 1 Great Skua, 6 auks, 3 Black-headed gulls, 13 GBB Gulls.
Brian Craven and David Curtis.