Saturday, 25 August 2012

Bridges of Ross 25th August 2012

Time: 06:30-10:30 & 11:00-19:00
Weather: F4-5 NW later N-NW, overcast, mild, excellent vis & some light drizzle. F3 NW, sunny, dry & hazy (pm).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Alan Clewes, Dan Pointon, Paul Flint, Cory Flint, Jan Nordblad, Tom Nordblad, Peter Gluth, Lee Gregory, Joe Adamson, Jim Sheehan, Steve Webb, Neal Warnock, Mick Derwin, Steve Millar, Owen Foley, Conor Foley, Donal Foley, Eanna O’Flynn, Geoff Hunt, Mike Flanagan et al.

Balearic Shearwater: 3
Sooty Shearwater: 3
Manx Shearwater: 500+
Fulmar: 360+
Storm Petrel: 3
Common Scoter: 2 males
Great Skua (Bonxie): 14
Pomarine Skua: 5 subadults
Arctic Skua: 32
Sabine’s Gull: 2 adults
Kittiwake: 215+ incl. 22 juvs.
Sandwich Tern: 71
Arctic Tern: 20
Puffin: 11

Whimbrel: 4
Dunlin: 13
Sanderling: 2

Common Dolphin: 3+ in the morning.
Bottlenose Dolphin: 3+ in the morning.

Some decent strength North West winds today, the favoured direction for this site but unfortunately they didn’t originate from very far out to sea so the hoped for steady passage of seabirds failed to materialise. Very few Manxies seen heading West, many more milling around or heading East very far out to sea (omitted from above totals). Nice numbers of skuas, Kittiwakes & Sandwich Terns however.

Dan has finished up his stint at The Bridges for the year so we’ll have to send him off with one final picture depicting his steadfast dedication to the cause... 

EDIT: Yesterday's pic of the horizon line 'ghost ship' seems to have been erroneously misidentified as The Black Pearl by the on site observers. One of our regular blog readers, Katie O'Flynn (age 6) has got in touch to say that it is OBVIOUSLY The Flying Dutchman. Apologies to all concerned.

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