Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bridges of Ross 27th August 2014

Time: 0800-1000 & 1400-1700
Weather: F4 NE (am) & F5 SE (pm), brief periods of light rain (pm) & good visibility.
Observers: Niall T. Keogh, Neal Warnock, Victor Caschera, Jimmy Dowdall, Eamonn MacLochlainn, John Power, Lee Gregory, Tom Buckley et al.

Common Scoter: 10
Great Northern Diver: 1 adult 
Balearic Shearwater: 1
Sooty Shearwater: 2
Manx Shearwater: 850 in 1.5 hrs (am) & 420 in 3 hrs (pm)
Arctic Skua: 1
Sandwich Tern: 3
Arctic Tern: 10
Sabine's Gull: 1 adult

Swift: 1
Wheatear: 1 'Greenland'-type around the watch point

Common (Harbour) Seal: 1
Common Dolphin: 12+
Basking Shark: 2+ full breaching
Ocean Sunfish: 1

Another good day for animal watching! We're starting to think the adult Sab's is simply doing the rounds between The Bridges & Loop Head. A juv/1st-winter Mediterranean Gull was waiting for us in front of the pub at Kilbaha this eve! 

Serious high hopes for these SW and W winds coming tomorrow and Friday...

Arctic Skua © Niall Keogh

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