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Sunday, October 30, 2011

New species - 29 october 2011

On 29th October 2011 a new pelagic trip was performed in the 'Chasula'. As the forecast was not OK for a long (12 miles offshore) pelagic trip, captain decided to visit a well-known fishing point called "Os Setembros", just 7 miles W of Ons islands, were both seabirds and marine mammals were seen in summer.

Nine participants (including TV group) plus the crew observed the following species (bold: highlights, italics: approximate numbers), including new species for Seabirds Galicia: Charadrius hiaticula, Larus sabini, Rissa tridactyla, Alca torda and Anthus pratensis:

Melanitta nigra 42
Puffinus gravis 86
Puffinus mauretanicus 5
Oceanites oceanicus 2
Hydrobates pelagicus 23
Morus bassanus 55
Phalacrocorax carbo 10
Phalacrocorax aristotelis 150
Ardea cinerea 2
Egretta garzetta 3
Charadrius hiaticula 10
Calidris alpina 1
Arenaria interpres 9
Stercorarius skua 5
Stercorarius pomarinus 7
Stercorarius parasiticus 1
Larus melanocephalus 5
Larus sabini 1
Larus ridibundus 50
Larus fuscus 250
Larus michahellis 230
Larus marinus 3
Rissa tridactyla 1
Sterna sandvicensis 4
Alca torda 2
Anthus pratensis 2
Motacilla alba 1
Hydrobatidae 2
Larus sp. 150

Cetacea 1
(this individual was seen breaching twice, no certain ID).

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