Friday, 9 September 2011

Bridges of Ross 9th Sept 2011

Time: 06:45-08:30 & 17:30-18:30
Weather: F4 SW, dry, dull but with good visibility. Turning F2-3 S later on. 
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Keith Langdon, Dave Farrow, Reg Land & Noel Keogh.

Sooty Shearwater: 35
Storm Petrel: 3
Great Skua (Bonxie): 8
Arctic Skua: 7
Sabine's Gull: 3 adults
Sandwich Tern: 6
Arctic Tern: 54
Puffin: 1
Common Scoter: 27
Light-bellied Brent Goose: 26
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: 1 juvenile at the seawatch point 08:30-08:45 before flying off East!!! (Keith Langdon)

Bottlenose Dolphin: c.18
Leatherback Turtle: 1 west @ 07:45

The juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper found by Keith at BoR, on the area of short grass & pools behind 'The Hollow' was a real surprise! Good numbers have arrived across the west & south coast in recent days but we weren't expecting one so close. Spurred on by this sighting we then checked an area of heather/short grass on Loop Head known as 'The Fodry', which is good for plovers, pipits, larks etc. and sure enough we found another 5 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers & up to 14 Lapland Buntings there! (NTKeogh, KLangdon, DFarrow & RLand)

One of five juv. Buff-B's at The Fodry, Loop Head (Niall Keogh)
For better shots of the juv. Buff-B's at The Fodry, check out John Murphy's pics on the Loop Head Bird Observatory blog. He managed to take a few once he found them....

Check out the bottom right hand corner... (Niall Keogh)

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