Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bridges of Ross 28th August 2014

Time: 0645-1715
Weather: F3 S (am) then F5 SSW turning F6 SW (pm). Dry (am) then persistent rain (pm). Moderate-poor visibility.
Observers: Niall T. Keogh, Neal Warnock, Victor Caschera, Jimmy Dowdall, Eamonn MacLochlainn, John Power, Lee Gregory, Tom Buckley, Ger Murray, Tom Tarpey et al.

Common Scoter: 1
'Blue' Fulmar: 1 'D'
Balearic Shearwater: 3
Sooty Shearwater: 21
Manx Shearwater: 1,100 in 5 hrs (am) and 215 in 45 mins (pm)
European Storm-petrel: 3
Great Skua (Bonxie): 4
Sandwich Tern: 9
Arctic Tern: 23
Black Tern: 1 juvenile
Puffin: 1

Whimbrel: 37
Bar-tailed Godwit: 1
Sanderling: 1

Common (Harbour) Seal: 1
Ocean Sunfish: 1-2

A most welcome increase in seabird variety today with a few nice close in Balearics, higher daily counts of Sooties, Arctic Terns & Stormies (just about!) than in recent days and the first juvenile Black Tern of the season.

Persistent rain & decreasing visibility this afternoon called for an early end to the days effort. Here's hoping tomorrows Westerlies will produce the goods!

Sunrise at BoR © Niall Keogh

The Soggy Bottom Seawatchers © Niall Keogh

Ocean Sunfish © Niall Keogh

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