Monday, 3 September 2012

Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ The Bridges of Ross 3rd Sept 2012

Time: 06:50-10:30 & 11:30-12:00
Weather: F1 SE at first, later F2-3 S-SW. Overcast, clear & cool (am).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, John Cooper, Dave Cooper, Chris Jones, Rob Innes  et al.

Balearic Shearwater:  1
Sooty Shearwater: 211
Manx Shearwater: 320
Fulmar: 198
Storm Petrel: 5
Common Scoter: 5 (4 males + 1 female)
Great Northern Diver: 1 ‘winter’ plumage
Great Skua (Bonxie): 5
Arctic Skua: 4
Kittiwake: 20 incl. 10 juvs.
Arctic Tern: 1
Common Tern: 1
Sandwich Tern: 33

Black-headed Gull: 1 adult & 2 1st-winters
Whimbrel: 2
Knot: 1
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: 1 juvenile
Golden Plover: 2
Wheatear: 3

Common Dolphin: 10+

Sooty Shearwaters were tipping by (albeit distantly) from the get go this morning, obviously still part of the decent sized movement which began on Saturday. Not much else of note and only small numbers of common species passing however.

Seawatching was ‘rudely’ interrupted this morning by a calling Golden Plover in the field behind the watchpoint. A quick check to see if it had any friends tagging along proved most fruitful as a lovely fresh juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found busily feeding around some wet flashes not too far away! The Bridges has a great track record with this particular species of North American vagrant wader and today’s sighting certainly suggested some new migrants may have dropped onto the headland (the Buff-B influx of 2011 springing to mind!). Seawatching was abandoned in favour of checking fields & gardens but a single Willow Warbler was the only reward. Back to what I know best tomorrow morning methinks...

Buff-breasted Sandpiper & Golden Plover © Niall Keogh

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