Saturday morning saw the firstÂ 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.Â On the way out saw Manx, Sooty and Balearic Shearwater’s, Common Tern, Arctic Skua, Gannets,the usual Gulls, Fulmars and anÂ airborne Bottle-nosed Dolphin. The first round of “chum” attractedÂ European Storm Petrel’s, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and GullsÂ and also induced the first rounds of seasickness in some! Passing the boat were also Manxies andÂ up to fourÂ 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 singleÂ Guillemot was picked up flying past the rear of the boat. Â And just to finish off the trip we were followed into the harbour by the residentÂ 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 someÂ 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.