Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wilson's Storm Petrel

Monday 18th July At the Bridges of Ross today there were two Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 22,000 Manx Shearwaters, seven Storm Petrels, nine Arctic Terns and eight Puffins. 

Sunday 17th July there was one adult Long-tailed Skua, one adult Sabine's Gull, one Pomarine Skua, four Arctic Skuas, five Bonxies, one Great Shearwater, two Balearic Shearwaters, one blue Fulmar and 53 Storm Petrels at the Bridges of Ross.

Donal, Owen & Conor Foley.

Saturday 16th July there was excellent sea watching conditions with storm West to North West winds pushing in seabirds from far out to sea.  The first Wilson's Storm Petrel (John N Murphy) of the season was found along with some other good seabirds.

Wilson's Storm Petrel  1
Great Shearwater  2
Sooty Shearwater   52
Manx Shearwater  30 - 40,000
Bonxie  3
Storm Petrel  32
Puffin  43
Red-throated Diver  3
Dunlin  3
Sanderling  8

Observers:  John N Murphy, Killian Mullarney, Jimmy Dowdal, Brian Porter, Shane Farrell, Robert Vaughan, The Foleys and Geoff Pearson.

Wilson's Petrel © Killian Mullarney

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