Friday, 31 August 2012

Bridges of Ross 31st August 2012

Time: 06:50-11:15 & 14:00-19:00
Weather: F3-4 SW, overcast, dry & mild throughout the day. Vis at a distance poor in the afternoon.
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Alan Clewes, Neal Warnock, Andy Clifton, Malcolm Goodman, Geoff Clewes, John Cooper, Dave Cooper, Chris Jones, Rob Innes, Des Higgins et al.

Sooty Shearwater: 35
Manx Shearwater: c.1,000
Fulmar: 700+
Storm Petrel: 10
Great Skua (Bonxie): 23
Pomarine Skua: 4 adults
Arctic Skua: 5
Sabine’s Gull: 1 adult & 2 juvs.
Kittiwake: 16 incl. 4  juvs.
Arctic Tern: 9
Puffin: 5
Black Guillemot: 1 adult

Light-bellied Brent Goose: 41 
Whimbrel: 3
Bar-tailed Godwit: 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 1 adult

Chough: 12
Peregrine: 1

Common Dolphin: c.8
Bottlenose Dolphin: 5+

Very little passage as such but nice quality. The 3 Sab's snook through distantly in the gloom early this morning whilst the Pom Skuas really stole the show. Awesome adults with full spoons! (makes a change from the subadults with half length spoons we've been seeing of late).

A colour ringed Bonxie flew right over our heads this evening. It'll be interesting to see where it originated from. Stay tuned for details!

Bonxie from The Bridges last week © Jände Nordblad

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