Sunday, 4 September 2011

Bridges of Ross 4th Sept 2011

Time: 0730-1940
Weather: F4-5 W-SW in the morning with heavy rain, wind turning F4-5 W-NW by 17:00 with rain easing off.
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Brian Porter, Mike Blaver, John Dempsey, Neill Hunt, Barry McCarthy & Mike Stocker.

Great Shearwater: 3
Balearic Shearwater: 1
Sooty Shearwater: 550+
Manx Shearwater: c.6,000
Leach's Petrel: 3
Storm Petrel: 10
Grey Phalarope: 1
Great Skua (Bonxie): 5
Arctic Skua: 4
Sabine's Gull: 3 (2 adults & a 2nd cal-year)
Little Gull: 1 juv/1st winter
Arctic Tern: 22
Common Scoter: 8
Red-throated Diver: 1 adult summer 
Puffin: 3
Whimbrel: 4
Bar-tailed Godwit: 12

Extremely quiet in the morning/early afternoon with the heavy rain meaning not much at all was moving at sea & making viewing conditions quite difficult. Once the wind switched to W-NW in the late afternoon the sea came alive with birds & pretty much all seabirds noted in the totals above moved through from 16:30 onwards!

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