Monday, 5 September 2011

Bridges of Ross 5th Sept 2011

Time: 0650-1740
Weather: F3-4 W-NW first thing in the morning, dry with good visibility, turning F5-6 SW by late afternoon with constant misty drizzle & some showers, poor visibility in the distance.
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Brian Porter, Mike Blaver, Paul Troake, John N. Murphy, Brian Finnegan, Dermot O'Mahony, Keith Langdon, Reg Land & Dave Farrow.

Sooty Shearwater: c.210
Balearic Shearwater: 1
Manx Shearwater: c.1,000 (0745-1045)
Blue Fulmar: 1
Wilson's Petrel: 1 @ 13:50 (Keith Langdon, Reg Land & Dave Farrow)
Leach's Petrel: 7
Storm Petrel: 29
Great Skua (Bonxie): 9
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale phase adult
Arctic Skua: 3
Sabine's Gull: 1 juvenile
Arctic Tern: 12
Sandwich Tern: 9
Common Scoter: 7
Red-throated Diver: 5 
Great Northern Diver: 1 'winter' plumage bird
Puffin: 68 (including one summer plumaged bird)
Whimbrel: 16

Not a bad start to the morning but deteriorating pretty quickly throughout the afternoon. The three guys posted down at the bridge picked up the Wilson's in close in the early afternoon just as some of us were getting back from breakfast! Wilson's have been pretty thin on the ground this year with only three other records so far (singles at BoR, Galley Head & Inishbofin in July). The adult Pom & juv. Sabine's Gull were highlights of the day for the rest of us whilst one of the Red-throated Divers was certainly a nice fresh juv. which was interesting to see, tagging along with an adult. Certainly the highest tally of Puffins I've ever head at BoR too which was cool.

1 comment:

  1. How many of ya's are there that people have to sit down at the Bridge? Would ya not wrangle in those lads?