Friday, 2 September 2011

Bridges of Ross 2nd Sept 2011

Time: 06:45-19:00
Weather: F3-4 SW throughout the day, dry & bright in the morning turning dull with persistent rain late afternoon/evening.
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, John Dempsey, Neill Hunt, Barry McCarthy & Mike Stocker.

Great Shearwater: 3
'Large' Shearwater: 8 
Balearic Shearwater: 3
Sooty Shearwater: 384
Manx Shearwater: 2,000+
Fulmar: c.350
Storm Petrel: c.23
Great Skua (Bonxie): 11
Pomarine Skua: 5
Arctic Skua: 27
Long-tailed Skua: 1 adult @ 10:40 (Niall T. Keogh)
Sabine's Gull: 2 adults & 1 juvenile
Black Tern: 1 juvenile
Sandwich Tern: 1
Arctic Tern: 33
Razorbill: 85-90
Red-throated Diver: 1 adult summer
Common Scoter: 16
Pintail: 3 
Whimbrel: 4

Bottlenose Dolphin: c.6
Common Dolphin: c.8
Sunfish: 2

That's more like it!!! A nice run of Manxies early in the morning (e.g. 1810+ from 7am-11am) but dropping off rapidly as the afternoon progressed with Sooties taking over as the 'dominant' shearwater thereafter. Quite a few frustrating, hyper-distant large shearwaters (most likely Greats) were seen heading East in the late morning/afternoon also. The 3 Great Shears & the adult Long-tailed Skua were all seen at their typical mid-far range, doing their best to sneak past, keeping low & only being picked up off to the left before soon disappearing from view. 

Bird of the day goes to a cracking dark phase adult Pomarine Skua complete with full spoons!

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