Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bridges of Ross 23rd August 2011

Time: 06:30-10:30 & 16:00-19:00
Weather: F0-1 E in the morning with F1-2 SW later.

Sooty Shearwater: 18
Storm Petrel: 4
Great Skua (Bonxie): 2
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale phase subadult 
Arctic Skua: 2
Little Gull: 1 juvenile
Mediterranean Gull: 2 1st cal-years
Sandwich Tern: 52
Arctic Tern: 12
Puffin: 3
Black Guillemot: 1 juvenile
Common Scoter: 9
Whimbrel: 19
Teal: 4
Hen Harrier: 1 male quartering the fields behind the watch point
Chough: 2

Minke Whale: 1 close inshore heading west @ 07:05
Common Dolphin: 10-20
Bottlenose Dolphin: 10-12
Basking Shark: 1 off Loop Head
Sunfish: 1 off Loop Head

A very calm day with little or no passage for the most part. Even the Little Gull & the Pomarine Skua were the same birds as yesterday, hanging about with Kittiwakes feeding close offshore. A day for cetacean watching! 

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