The winter has seen me pile on the weight due to inactivity to the extent that I now closely resemble the shape of a well known chunky seabird, this one in fact.
Much more variety than back in December, three Red-throated Diver flew past close in as well as small numbers of Kittiwake and Fulmar as we motored north to hit our first transect. Guillemot were by far the most common auk as usual but we had 20-30 Atlantic Puffin at least three Razorbill and best of all five Little Auk all spotted in lightening quick fashion by DB as they lifted ahead of us whilst along one of the transects about 32km off Seahouses.
A single Common Dolphin was the only cetacean recorded, we did see a few Grey Seal including one corpse that MK thought had been shot. Suggestions of roping it in, opening it up and dragging it as chum were surprisingly discounted.
Steady streams of adult Northern Gannet moved north, occasionally passing close and we must have totalled c150 by the end of the day. Large gull numbers were much lower than December with only a few Herring Gull and GBB Gull visible in the areas we covered.
Greater Black Backed Gull
Loads of interesting conversation during the dry spells between birds but I couldn't possibly break the confidentiality and mention the Punkbirder embezzlement scandal, or which three Irish birders Dan would lock in a room together or the various theories on the identity of the mysterious Mr White. Good company on the sea is always a bonus and good company that can pull a few Little Auks out of the water is even better.