Saturday, 8 September 2012

Bridges of Ross 8th Sept 2012

Time: 07:15-10:25 & 12:00-18:35
Weather: F2-3 SW, overcast, bright, clear & dry (am). F2-3 W, sunny, dry, hazy & warm (pm).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, John ‘Brick’ Dempsey, ‘Er’ Neill Hunt, Barry ‘Bazzo’ McCarthy, Paul ‘Tropical’ Thomason, Noel Keogh & Joe Adamson.

Balearic Shearwater: 2
Sooty Shearwater: 59
Manx Shearwater: c.240
Fulmar: 350+
Storm Petrel: 3
Leach’s Petrel: 6
Red-throated Diver: 6 summer plumage
Great Skua (Bonxie): 17
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale subadult
Arctic Skua: 6
Kittiwake: c.140
Arctic Tern: 2
Sandwich Tern: 67
Puffin: 4
Black Guillemot: 2

Teal: 8
Common Gull: 8 juv./1st-w
Chough: 10
Merlin: 1
Peregrine: 1

Bottlenose Dolphin: c.8 present throughout the day, showing very well.
Ocean Sunfish: 3

On such a calm, warm & hazy afternoon, it felt like we were in with a chance of a Cory’s. Instead we got a most unexpected run of Leach’s Petrels! Weird.

A trip up to the Fodry this afternoon in search of American waders proved fruitless on that front but a flyover, calling Lapland Bunting and a juv. Sabine's Gull following a trawler offshore made it all worthwhile.

Bottlenose Dolphin (video grab) © Niall Keogh

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