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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Penzance to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse
28, Manx Shearwaters, 8 Gannets, 5, Guillemots, 5 Fulmars, 24, Kittiwakes, 3, Puffins, 1, Storm Petrel following a fishing boat,
Wolf Rock Lighthouse to the Isles of Scilly
1, Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannets, 5, Razorbills, 6, Guillemots, 2, Fulmars, 2 Puffins, 6 Storm Petrels, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 22, Shags
1 Harbour Porpoise.
Isles of Scilly to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse
12, Manx Shearwaters, 17, Gannets, 8 Razorbills, 12, Guillemots, 3, Kittiwakes, 1, Storm Petrel, 4, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1, Great Black-backed Gull,
4, Harbour Porpoise, 1, Ocean Sunfish.
Wolf Rock Lighthouse to Penzance
760, Manx Shearwaters, 7, Gannets, 12, Razorbills, 16 Guillemots, 5, Fulmars, 23 Puffins including a raft of 11 birds, 2, Storm Petrels,
7, Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Eider Duck, drake in Penzance Harbour with traces of oil on the plumage
6 Bottle-nose Dolphins, 4 Common Dolphins.
This trip was quite extraordinary because of the number of Puffins sitting around a total of 28 Puffins in all, and in 55 years of going to and from the Isles of Scilly i have never encountered such numbers on a single trip.
On Monday 13th, Dave Flumm returned to Penzance (after very early morning bird surveys for the project!) and recorded the following;
Scilly to Wolf Rock: 1 s/p Great Northern Diver between St Mary’s and St Agnes, 1 Bonxie, 81 Manx Shearwater, 28 Gannet, 7 Fulmar, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 1 Harbour Porpoise.
Wolf Rock to Penzance: c3700 Manx Shearwater included a raft of c3200 SW of Longships Lighthouse, 97 Gannet, 8 Fulmar, 36 Kittiwake, 2 Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot.