Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bridges of Ross 16th August 2012

Time: 13:15-18:00
Weather: F3 S-SW, dry, bright, warm.
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Keith Langdon, Mikey Hoit, Dave Farrow, Reg Land, Simon Woodhouse & Dave Andrews.

Balearic Shearwater: 1
Sooty Shearwater: c.20
Storm Petrel: c.20
Common Scoter: 2 males
Great Skua (Bonxie): 2
Arctic Skua: 3
Black Tern: 1 juv.
Sandwich Tern: 12
Arctic Tern: 1
Puffin: 1
Whimbrel: 10

Common Dolphin: 8-10 (incl. a calf)
Ocean Sunfish: 4

Some milling flocks of Manxies contained several Sooty Shearwaters and there was generally a few Storm Petrels to be seen loafing around in the surf lines off 'The Slab'. A relatively dark & fresh (juv?) Balearic Shearwater passed by at 17:35 quickly followed by a Sooty Shear allowing for a nice comparison. Chalk & cheese.

Sooty Shearwater, Co. Waterford, 2011 © Andrew Malcolm

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