Saturday morning saw the first of this seasons Cornwall Birding pelagics leaving St.Ives harbour just after 5am. We headed 7 miles north of the mainland before throwing the “chum” overboard. On the way out saw Manx, Sooty and Balearic Shearwater’s, Common Tern, Arctic Skua, Gannets,the usual Gulls, Fulmars and an airborne Bottle-nosed Dolphin. The first round of “chum” attracted European Storm Petrel’s, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Gulls and also induced the first rounds of seasickness in some! Passing the boat were also Manxies and up to four Balearic Shearwater. After numerous lots of “chum” there was still no sign of any Wilsons Petrel. We decided to head further back inshore and give it one more go. More Manx Shearwater’s passed the boat on the way back, some within about 1o metres! A single Guillemot was picked up flying past the rear of the boat. And just to finish off the trip we were followed into the harbour by the resident Grey Seal. After 5 hours at sea and some decent birds we arrived back on dry land just after 10am (which was a relief for some people!!).
So no Wilson’s on our first excursion of the year but some great close views of Sooty and Balearic Shearwaters, Stormies and Arctic Tern.