Monthly Archives: August 2013

Saturday 3rd July 2013

14 Little Egrets, 13 Lapwing and 50 Black-tailed Godwits were at the high tide roost in Coonagh this afternoon. A Dunlin, three Stock Doves, a Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, four Pochard, eight Mallard and five Great-crested Grebes were also present at the site.

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Saturday 3rd August 2013

Saturday 3rd August 2013

Distant shot of second year male Hen Harrier at Hags Head © Jeff Copner

At the Bridges of Ross today things were fairly quiet.  Only 200 Manx Shearwaters per hour past the point along with 16 Dunlin, three Turnstone, one Common Sandpiper and two Curlew.  At Black Head there were two loafing dark Arctic Skuas, one Puffin west and five Great Northern Divers on the sea (1 summer plumaged), plus six Ravens.  Otherwise quiet with Manx, Gannet and Kittiwakes all at around 20 or so per hour.  Another dark Arctic Skua duo were off Ballyvaughan where 41 Sandwich Terns roosted on rocks. At 8.30 am this morning a second year male Hen Harrier made its way across the fields close to the cliff edge at Hags Head , then went high and headed east.  There were also seven Raven, three Chough and two Wheaters.

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Friday 2nd August 2013

Friday 2nd August 2013

Sooty Shearwater off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

This evening at the Bridges of Ross there were two Bonxies, three Arctic Skuas, one Storm Petrel, two Sooty Shearwaters, 15,000 Manx Shearwaters, two drake Common Scoter, one Common Tern, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, four Sanderling, two Dunlin, two Ringed Plover and one Whimbrel.

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Thursday 1st August 2013

Thursday 1st August 2013

Curlew off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

One Pomarine Skua, 100 Curlew and small numbers of Manx Shearwaters were at the Bridges of Ross.

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