Saturday, 10 September 2011

Bridges of Ross 10th Sept 2011

Time: 07:00-10:30 & 15:20-19:20
Weather: F4 S in the morning, overcast with light rain but with sunny spells also. F6-7 SW this afternoon, overcast with persistent showers at times.
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Noel Keogh, John N. Murphy, Joe Adamson & Finbarr MacGabhann.

Sooty Shearwater: 33
Storm Petrel: 24
Great Skua (Bonxie): 5
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale phase
Arctic Skua: 22
Sabine's Gull: 15 (6 adults, 8 2nd cal-years & 1 juv.)
Sandwich Tern: 2
Arctic Tern: 214
Puffin: 5
Common Scoter: 10
Red-breasted Merganser: 3
Whimbrel: 3

Common Dolphin: c.10
Sunfish: 1

A nice evenings seawatch in the strong South-westerlies, bringing in good numbers of Stormies, terns, Sab's & skuas. Very few shearwaters however. Looks like the tail end of Hurricane Katia will bring the best of the seawatching conditions to the NW over the next few days, although we shouldn't do too bad down here at BoR. My money is on something black-browed or black-capped at Annagh Head!

A View From The Umbrella! (Niall Keogh)

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