Weather conditions: sunny, fair, wind direction SW, sea state 2
It was quiet day for Atlantic grey seals at Birds Rock yesterday, although our SeaSeal volunteer spotted one female swimming through the survey area. However, large numbers of bottlenose dolphins were observed, foraging and leaping, further offshore!! Bird sightings included several choughs, gannets and a kestrel!
Weather conditions: fair, wind direction N, sea state 3-5
Despite the strong wind and large waves our SeaSeal volunteer spotted three Atlantic grey seals at Birds Rock yesterday!! A female was observed during the first half of the survey, scanning and diving in the same spot. The other two individuals were sighted in the water, swimming through the survey area. A pair of choughs was also seen flying around the cliffs!
Weather: overcast, wind N, sea state 1
Our SeaSeal volunteer was up early yesterday morning to carry out a two hour survey at Birds Rock. Five Atlantic grey seals were observed bottling and scanning while in the water around the rocks, with a couple looking to haul-out! Bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted, travelling past the survey area. Three choughs were observed flying around the cliffs, a kestrel was seen hovering above Birds Rock, and fulmars and kittiwakes were also sighted!
Weather conditions: overcast, light rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Despite the drops of rain yesterday evening our SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock to carry out a seal survey. 4 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, throughout the two hour survey, bottling and diving. There were plenty of fish around and bottlenose dolphins were observed feeding – a mother and calf could be seen chasing fish just below the surface!! There was a lot of bird activity too: gannets and gulls were spotted feeding on bait balls close to Birds Rock and a kestrel flew past carrying a mouse!