Friday, 30 August 2013

Bridges of Ross 30th August 2013

Time: 06:30-19:15
Weather: F4-5 SW-W-NW changing over the course of the day. Overcast in morning, sunny in afternoon. Dry for the most part with excellent visibility (some squally misty showers in afternoon).
Observers: Niall T. Keogh, Alan Clewes, Geoff Clewes, Dave Cooper, John Cooper, Victor Caschera, Neal Warnock, Malcolm Goodman, Andy Clifton, 'Er' Neill Hunt, 'Mickey Boy' Mike Stocker, Paul 'Trops' Thomason, John 'Brick' Dempsey, Barry 'Bazzo' McCarthy, Andy Pryce, Des Higgins, Brian Porter, Owen Foley, Conor Foley, Donal Foley, Robert Vaughan, Shane Farrell, Steve Millar, Jim Creamer, Mark Stewart, Ciaran Smyth, Laragh Smyth, Anthony McGeehan, Conor Ryan, Vivi Bolin et al. 

Balearic Shearwater: 2
Sooty Shearwater: 153 
Manx Shearwater: 1,500 in 4 hrs (am) & 1,100 in 2 hrs (pm)
Leach's Petrel: 1
Storm Petrel: 4
Common Scoter: 4
Great Skua (Bonxie): 38
Pomarine Skua: 18 pale phase
Arctic Skua: 18
Long-tailed Skua: 3 adults (Niall T. Keogh, Andy Clifton & Brian Porter)
Sabine's Gull: 9 adults
Little Gull: 2 juvs
Sandwich Tern: 6
Grey Phalarope: 2
Puffin: 1

Whimbrel: 6
Peregrine: 1
Chough: 2

Bottlenose Dolphin: 6+
Ocean Sunfish: 4 together in a group including one which breached 3 times in quick succession!
Leatherback Turtle: 1 surfaced twice @ 07:45am 

A beast of a Pomarine Skua!

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