Thursday, 23 August 2012

Bridges of Ross 23rd August 2012

Time: 06:30-10:45 & 16:15-19:00
Weather: F3 SW, bright, mild, some light showers. F3 S-SW, dull, mild & some showers (pm).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Alan Clewes, Dan Pointon, Paul Flint, Cory Flint, Jan Nordblad, Peter Gluth et al.

Sooty Shearwater: 5
Manx Shearwater: c.300
Fulmar: c.325
Storm Petrel: c.100
Great Skua (Bonxie): 12
Pomarine Skua: 1 subadult pale phase
Arctic Skua: 6
Kittiwake: 23 incl. 5 juvs.
Sandwich Tern: 17
Arctic Tern: 4
Puffin: 1 adult

Chough: 2
Wheatear: 1

Common Seal: 1 close offshore for much of the day.
Bottlenose Dolphin: 2+ in the morning & c.8 in the evening.

Fairly flat grey sea, dull day, overcast, barely any birds passing. A nice break after a week of intense seawatching! A couple of Bonxies that went through were definite juveniles and the only Puffin was a clear adult type with a bright face & large bill noticeable even at some distance (all Puffins seen up to now have been dusky juvs).

A 3rd cal-year Glaucous Gull was also in Kilbaha harbour this afternoon. Bill pattern confirms that it is a different bird to that present on Monday. Three Glaucs in a week, in's all go!!!

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