Saturday, 1 September 2012

Seatrack @ Bridges of Ross 1st Sept 2012

Time: 06:55-11:00 (Seatrack survey) & 12:30-19:00
Weather: F3-4 SW, clear, dry & mild (am). F5-6 SW, dry, sunny & hazy to start, deteriorating to misty with poor vis (pm).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Alan Clewes, Neal Warnock, Andy Clifton, Malcolm Goodman, Geoff Clewes, John Cooper, Dave Cooper, Chris Jones, Rob Innes, John N. Murphy, Luc Barbaro et al.

Sooty Shearwater: 113
Manx Shearwater: 1,056 (am)
Fulmar: 300 (am)
Gannet: 430 incl. 7 juvs. (am)
Storm Petrel: 26
Common Scoter: 2 males
Great Skua (Bonxie): 6
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale subadult
Arctic Skua: 1
Sabine’s Gull: 3 juvs.
Kittiwake: 19 incl. 13 juvs.
Arctic Tern: 12
Sandwich Tern: 12 
Puffin: 7
Razorbill: 41 (am)
Guillemot: 22 (am)
Auk sp: 67 (am)
Mallard: 2

Chough: 12
Lapland Bunting: 1 at the watchpoint

A nice Seatrack survey session this morning with steady passage & plenty of variety at first but quiet after 08:30am. 3 Sab's, 1 Pom & 48 Sooties provided interest during the count period. Heavy mist descended in the afternoon making viewing difficult but the Sooty passage tipped on by, reaching 113, the peak count of the season so far. There must have been a small flock offshore somewhere I think.

Seatrack surveying © Niall Keogh
Nice views of the Chough behind the watchpoint lately © Niall Keogh

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