Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Bridges of Ross 5th Sept 2012

Time: 07:00-10:00
Weather: F2-3 N-NE, sunny, dry, spray (am)
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh

Great Shearwater: 1 @ 07:18 (a nice surprise given the weather!)
Sooty Shearwater: 56
Manx Shearwater: 118
Fulmar: 144
Common Scoter: 2 males
Great Skua (Bonxie): 5
Arctic Skua: 3
Kittiwake: 13 incl. 3 juvs.

Chough: 38 flew West towards Loop Head (high site count)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: 1 juvenile still present, near the pool.

Clare birder, John Murphy, who should otherwise be seawatching from The Bridges has been at Kilcummin Head, Co. Mayo & reports the following there this eve (17:30-18:30 F3 W-NW): 10 Sooty Shears, 150 Manxies, 5 Bonxies, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 Red-throated Diver, 26 Sandwich Terns, 3 Arctic Terns, 200 Gannets & 5 Turnstones.

Dawn at The Bridges of Ross © Niall Keogh
Juv. Buff-breasted Sandpiper, showing well today © Niall Keogh
Bridges of Ross pool, where the Buff-B is hanging out. Mega piece of vagrant habitat! © Niall Keogh 

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