Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Bridges of Ross 27th August 2013

Time: 06:30-11:30 & 13:30-18:00
Weather: F2-3 W-NW (am) & F2 W turning F3 N (pm), mild, dry & good visibility.
Observers: Niall T. Keogh, Dan Pointon, Alan Clewes, Geoff Clewes, Alan Lewis, Dave Cooper, John Cooper, Victor Caschera, Neal Warnock, Malcolm Goodman, Andy Clifton et al. 

Balearic Shearwater: 2
Sooty Shearwater: 148
Manx Shearwater: 2,070 West in 4 hrs (am) & c.800 West in 4 hrs (pm)
Storm Petrel: 2
Common Scoter: 11
Great Skua (Bonxie): 7
Pomarine Skua: 1 pale  
Arctic Skua: 10
Sandwich Tern: 35 
Arctic Tern: 3
Puffin: 2

Common Gull: 1 adult
Dunlin: 16
Sanderling: 1
Peregrine: 1
Kestrel: 1
Wheatear: 1

Bottlenose Dolphin: 6+
Common Dolphin: 5+
Ocean Sunfish: 2

A continuous trickle of mid-close range Manx in the morning with the occassional Sooty kept the spirits up, in the hopes of a repeat of last years Barolo. Alas it was not to be. The afternoon session was pretty quiet to say the least. Highlights of the day were a pale Pom Skua & a Balearic Shear both at very close range.

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