Thursday, 22 August 2013

Bridges of Ross 22nd August 2013

Time: 06:30-10:00 & 16:40-18:40
Weather: F 1-2 SE (am) & F2-3 SW (pm), dry & warm.
Observers: Niall T. Keogh, Dan Pointon, Alan Clewes, Geoff Clewes, Alan Lewis, Ger Murray, Dave Cooper, John Cooper, Peter Gluth, Peter Colston et al.

Sooty Shearwater: c.55 (am) & 1 (pm)
Balearic Shearwater: 1
Manx Shearwater: c.1,400 (am) & c.310 (pm)
Storm Petrel: 11
Great Skua (Bonxie): 6
Arctic Skua: 11
Sandwich Tern: 16
Arctic Tern: 20

Common Dolphin: 20+ (am) & 5+ (pm)
Ocean Sunfish: 1 (breached twice!)

A slow start! Summed up by seawatching in shorts & getting some delicious ice creams!

Quite a few milling flocks of shearwaters this morning kept attention levels up but then turned absolutely dead in the afternoon/evening. A check off Loop Head around lunchtime failed to find the vast feeding rafts we were hoping for. An Arctic Skua, a Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins & 3 Harbour Porpoise were the best we could do.

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