Wednesday, July 6, 2011

that'll be cory's on then!

Tried again this morning but still not much of note - 1 arctic skua and 15 storm petrels were both new for the year, while 25 common scoter and 3 bonxies were mere padders.

However, this evening was a completely different story. News of some cory's off Ballycotton late pm dragged me back up to Galley for an hour and half of cory's shearwater flypast action. It was pretty special - out beyond the stream of manx was a stream of cory's! Drifting past in twos and threes at some points, with a load more further out. Some of the nearer ones showed really well - a real bonus after drawing a blank last year! In the end, we reckoned there'd been a minimum of 1,200 cory's past, and they were still going by when I left, although the rate had dropped off. Two sub-adult pomarine skuas just before I left were another bonus, as I missed them last year too (106).

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