Carrick Roads Trip

Sunday 3rd March saw the first of our trips aboard ‘Free Spirit’ with AK Wildlife Cruises. Despite the cold weather, the trip was very much enjoyed by all and the heated cabin was most welcome!! Highlights included  Black-necked Grebe (6), Red-breasted Merganser (27), Sandwich Tern, Med Gull (5), Common Scoter (5), poss. Red-necked Grebe (2), Common Gull, Ringed Plover (5), Greenshank and Peregrine. A total of 39 species was seen over the duration of the trip despite not being able to get ‘out to sea’ due to the weather!

Client Comments:  “Thanks for organising these trips. Just back from excellent trip today up the Fal. Really great boat, enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew, excellent company. Can’t wait to join future trips especially a pelagic”

“Just wanted to say thanks for organising this trip.It was excellent and worth the early morning start from Devon !! I am looking forward to future trips. Would very much commend comfort of boat and Keith’s enthusiasm and willingness to do his utmost to ensure a good trip”.

What  a great trip u have arranged along the Carrick roads this morning. It was excelent. The Free spirit is an ideal boat, and Captain Keith is a legend. He made every effort to get close to birds, even in shallow water. It was really good.”

“We had a great trip this morning with an initial sighting of a group of 5 Black-necked Grebes moulting into breeding plumage, a great sighting of a Peregrine and plenty of Red-breasted Mergansers. It was great to catch up with Keith and talk about the summer pelagics!”


The full list of species can be seen below:

1. Black-necked Grebe
2. Little Grebe
3. Cormorant
4. Shag
5. Gannet
6. Grey Heron
7. Little Egret
8. Mute Swan
9. Shelduck
10. Mallard
11. Wigeon
12. Teal
13. Red-breasted Merganser
14. Common Scoter
15. Buzzard
16. Peregrine
17. Pheasant (heard only)
18. Oystercatcher
19. Lapwing
20. Ringed Plover
21. Greenshank
22. Redshank
23. Curlew
24. Common Gull
25. Black-headed Gull
26. Mediterranean Gull
27. Herring Gull
28. Great Black-backed Gull
29. Lesser Black-backed Gull
30. Sandwich Tern
31. Woodpigeon
32. Great Spotted Woodpecker
33. Robin
34. Jay (heard only)
35. Jackdaw
36. Carrion Crow
37. Raven
38. Dunlin]
39. Red-necked Grebe

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