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
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|