Clare Bird Sightings

Sunday 18th August 2013

At the Bridges of Ross today there were; 19 Cory’s Shearwaters, 56 Great Shearwaters, 93 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Sabines Gulls, four Balearic Shearwaters, one adult Pomarine Skua, 28 Arctic Skuas, nine Bonxies, two Grey Phalaropes, one Blue Fulmar, one Puffin, 20 Arctic Terns, seven Storm Petrels, 38 Whimbrel, 51 Dunlin, five Sanderling, one female Common Scoter, one Basking Shark and ten Sunfish.

Highlights from a three hour seawatch this morning at Black Head were a Little Gull moulting in to 2nd-winter plumage along the shore, three dark Arctic Skuas, 78 Sandwich Terns heading west and a distant Storm Petrel.  At the Rine, Ballyvaughan, there were c.220 Sandwich Terns and c.20 Common/Arctic Terns.


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