It’s taken us a while but eventually we got ourselves organised to take the trip to the Iles des Chausey out from Granville. It was a cool morning but the forecast had promised our first sunny day of our holiday so it seemed a good day to pick.
I wasn’t disappointed with the crossing as not long after we had left the port, I noticed an Arctic Skua chasing a Sandwich Tern. There were also a few Common Scoters flying overhead, heading towards a favoured non-breeding area off the Carolles Cliffs and Gannets plunged into the sea quite close to the boat.
There wasn’t a great deal of interest on the main island but I could see its wonderful potential in the migration period – lots of cover and bushes to harbour migrants and rarities, I’m sure.
We did see a few lizards and a dead smooth snake but otherwise it was a day relaxing on the beach – yes the sun did appear right on cue!