|Female Bullfinch, head of St Helen's Combe © Tim Jones|
|MS Oldenburg was heavily booked for her first sailing of 2017 © Tim Jones|
|The Red-necked Grebe flew behind Rat Island as the ship arrived © Tim Jones|
Birds seen during the late-afternoon crossing back to Ilfracombe included a single Manx Shearwater, 5 Common Gulls, and a few Fulmars, Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks. A Sandwich Tern was flying around Ilfracombe harbour to greet disembarking passengers, just as the rain began to fall in earnest...