Saturday, 27 August 2011

Bridges of Ross 27th August 2011

UPDATED: 29th August

Time: 06:15-19:15
Weather: F4 NW in the morning, slacking to a F3 but persisting NW throughout the afternoon.

Balearic Shearwater: 3
Manx Shearwater: 2150+ [1200 (06:15-12:20) & 950 (14:00-19:15)]
Sooty Shearwater: 23
Storm Petrel: 2
Great Skua (Bonxie): 42
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale phase adult
Arctic Skua: 39
Sabine's Gull: 1 adult & 1 juvenile (first juv. of the season)
Sandwich Tern: 26
Arctic Tern: 59
Puffin: 13
Common Scoter: 3
Whimbrel: 49

Despite blowing NW overnight there was little or no passage of Gannets, Kittiwakes or Fulmars & fewer Manxies than expected during the morning seawatch. Certainly quite a few terns & skuas later on however. Many seawatchers (including myself) bunked off for some sneaky wader twitching around the county during the afternoon where a Semipalmated Sandpipier at Doonbeg & a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Shannon Airport made for some welcome distractions! One of the Balearics seen this morning was really quite pale but a Balearic none the less.

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