Thursday, August 31, 2006

plenty balearics

The seawatching was good today with 1-2 great shearwaters, 25 balearic shearwaters, 1 sabine's gull, 1 grey phalarope, 25 sooty shearwaters, 2 pomarine skua, 20 bonxies, 1 arctic tern and 30+ storm petrels seen off Galley.

a fea's off Cape

Cape took seawatching honours today with a fea's petrel this lunchtime, courtesy of de langer! Galley was quite quiet this evening with 2 balearic shearwaters, 2 sooty shearwaters, 4 bonxies and several storm petrels.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

south west at last!

This morning was very quiet off Galley with 2 common scoter, 1 pomarine skua and a balearic shearwater seen.  Things picked up a bit in the evening, with 1 great shearwater, 2 pomarine skuas, 1 bonxie, 2 arctic skuas and c.8 sooty shearwaters.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

not so much

Quiet again off Galley tonight, with 2 balearic shearwaters, 5 sooty shearwaters, bonxie, common scoter and a few storm petrels

Friday, August 25, 2006

sooties on the starboard bow

Six sooty shearwaters, 1 bonxie, 1 arctic skua and 2 whimbrel this morning from Galley, in less than ideal winds again!  This evening 72 storm petrels, 1 balearic shearwater and 6 common scoter were seen.

black terns

Five black terns, 5 storm petrels and 1 sooty shearwater were seen in a 2 hour seawatch at Galley this evening.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

flat calm again

Two balearic shearwaters, 3 sooty shearwaters, 1 arctic skua1 bonxie and a black guillemot seen this morning in flat calm conditions. A green sandpiper was also seen coming in off the sea, with another seen at Clogheen Marsh. Two fin whales also seen off Galley.


This evening a probable cory's shearwater, 1 balearic shearwater, 2 sooty shearwaters, 1 bonxie and 1 arctic skua were seen.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Quiet at Galley

Not much passing on an evening seawatch - distant manx shearwaters, 1 arctic skua, 1 bonxie and 2 storm petrels.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Galley gets another fea's!

A fea's petrel was seen off Galley early this morning in almost flat calm conditions. An adult sabine's gull and 3 sooty shearwaters were seen later in the morning.  A couple of willow warblers was the mig "highlight".


A great shearwater, 5 balearic shearwaters, a few sooty shearwaters, 1 pomarine skua, a few bonxies and 1 arctic skua were seen off Galley this evening.

wood sand

A wood sandpiper flew over White's Marsh this morning, and the pectoral sandpiper was seen again at Clogheen Marsh this afternoon.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

pec again

The adult pectoral sandpiper was seen again at Clogheen Marsh this morning, at the White's Marsh end. 

Friday, August 18, 2006


A pectoral sandpiper was found at Clogheen Marsh at 7.00 this morning.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

another wader

A flyover flock of ringed plover at Long Strand this evening contained at least 1 dunlin, new for the patch year list (115).

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

another quiet seawatch

A brief respite from the northerlies but not much to show from it with just 1 sooty shearwater and 2 bonxies off Galley this evening.

Friday, August 4, 2006

a tern around

Tern passage picked up a wee bit today with 6 arctic terns through this evening new for the patch year list (114), along with 4 common terns, 1 sooty shearwater, 1 bonxie and an arctic skua. This morning 16 sanderling were still present on Long Strand.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

some waders at last!

A flock of 35 sanderling at Long Strand this morning were new for the patch year list (113). Also present were 12 ringed plover and 1 redshank. A turnstone flew past Galley this morning, as did 5 common scoter. A 2nd summer mediterranean gull was at Owenahincha and an adult was at Rosscarbery.