Saturday, 18 August 2012

Seatrack survey @ Bridges of Ross 18th August 2012

Time: 06:30-10:30 (Seatrack survey) & 15:00-17:45
Weather: F1-2 S-SE, dry, bright & warm (am). F2-3 SW-S, sunny, warm & hazy (pm).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Keith Langdon, Mikey Hoit, Dave Farrow, Reg Land, Simon Woodhouse, Dave Andrews & Dan Brown.

Balearic Shearwater: 1 pale bird, West at 09:22
Sooty Shearwater: 16
Manx Shearwater: 470+
Fulmar: 590+
Storm Petrel: 20
Gannet: 825+
Kittiwake: 85 (8 juvs)
Common Scoter: 5 females
Pomarine Skua: 1 subadult
Arctic Skua: 8
Arctic Tern: 7
Sandwich Tern: 5
Razorbill: 54
Guillemot: 2
Puffin: 6
Common Gull: 11
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 2

Whimbrel: 13
Dunlin: 4
Sanderling: 10
Ringed Plover: 6
Black-tailed Godwit: 7
Bar-tailed Godwit:2
Knot: 1

Chough: 2
Wheatear: 1
Kestrel: 1

Bottlenose Dolphin: 5 or 6 in the afternoon.
Common Dolphin: 100+ in the morning & c.30 in the afternoon.

Very slack passage today, with most of the above totals being logged during the mornings Seatrack survey session. Manxies well down compared to yesterday, Fulmars still going strong & a good representation by Gannets (mostly adults, small numbers of 2nd cal-year birds & a couple of fresh juvs) but this completely died off in the afternoon. Not a single Bonxie seen which is unusual. Small gulls are a rare sight at The Bridges so a decent showing by Common Gulls was certainly noteworthy. Waders tipping by at sea in small numbers throughout the day, none of which could be strung into a Grey Phalarope, no matter how hard we tried!

Passage this afternoon was so slow that Dave decided to spice things up with a spot of Rio 2016 practice!...nil points

Danger Dave © Dan Brown

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