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Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Guernsey Pelagic

Today a dozen birders went out with Richard Keen on a pelagic seabird trip 10 miles or so NW of Guernsey. It was a very enjoyable day, although both highlights were of the non-avian variety. Firstly a very obliging Sunfish drifting lazily past the boat (with attendant gulls pecking parasites from its skin), and then a small pod of 6-10 Common Dolphins, which came bow-riding albeit briefly, before speeding on their journey.
Birding highlights included 20+ Great Skuas, an Arctic Skua and a possible Pomarine Skua (well that's what Chris Mourant and me thought anyway!), as well as 10+ Sooty Shearwaters and a couple of Balearic Shearwaters and c 30 European Storm-Petrels, as well as an Arctic Tern. I was also pleased to see gulls out in their pelagic environment!

Sunfish (with attendant gulls)

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