23. elokuuta 2012

First sea-watch in Bridges of Ross 22.8.2012

We started today at 6:30 from Ross. Wind was quite hard and some showers drenched everything.
Some professional sea-watchers got huge umbrellas and they were dry all the time..
My first lifer was Fulmar before we even get our selves to the hotspot. Next lifer, Gannet. Then i got few more... Manx Shearwater, Puffin, Great Skua and European Storm-Petrel. All these nice species in like 30min!

Northern Fulmar in flight.

Adult Gannet.

Great Skua in distance.
Our first round ended at 08:50 when we had to go to eat some breakfast.
After some rest and sightseeing Jände drove us back to the hotspot and our second round started at 11:00.
Mostly same species migrate again with good numbers and i tried to photo some Ruddy Turnstones.

These birds got nice camouflage. Turnstones.

We leave from the Ross about at 13:30 and our plan was to get something to eat again. We drove to the Kilkee witch is next big city when you drive north from here. We got nice chicken and after that we drove along the coast line back home.
On our way we stopped in few places. Carrigaholt beach was very nice place and there we saw Sanderlings, Black Guillemot, Redshanks, Ruffs, Dunlins and Yarrelii type White Wagtails.

Black Guillemot, maybe 1st winter bird.

Yarrelii type White Wagtail male.

After beach, we drove to the Glencarrig Farmhouse where we saw Black-tailed Godwit, Little Grebe and so on..
We came back to the Bridges of Ross at 18:10 and we had two more hours in there with nice Skua and Storm-Petrel migration.
Here is some numbers from the whole day (Migration):

Manx Sharwater 6000
Sooty Shearwater 31
European Storm-Petrel 52
Gannet 1000
Northern Fulmar 460
Puffin 15
Razorbill 100
Guillemot 5
Great Skua 45
Arctic Skua 20
Pomarine Skua 1
Kittiwake, 60

Nice numbers if you asked from me, but local professionals told that this was slow day... They saw Great Shearwater, Sabines Gull and other great rarities today... They are really good at this.
Here is still one funny looking Fulmar. Tomorrow again in the Ross and then watching some Waders.

Fulmar singing. 



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