|Auks at Muck Isle, the nearest bird is a puffin!!|
|Razorbill & guillemots|
|Mist drifting back in|
|Disembarking at Ballylumford.|
I also had a couple of trips which gave nice birds. The first was a whinchat on the Starbog Road near Cappanagh, the second was a skylark on a walk up to Quolie Reservoir near Broughsnane. The latter also gave good views of wheatear, a sand martin colony and meadow pipits.
|Whinchat courtesy of David Miller|
|Looking down the valley|
Nothing startling at WOW today (June 14th) apart from 600+ godwits, 1500 black-headed gulls and young, 160+ common tern and up to 8 arctics, 4 knot and 3 dunlin. There were at least 7 Mediterranean gulls on show but some seem to have lost chicks to lesser black backs and herring gulls. There were also 3 young lapwings but we are not sure where they came from or whether they hatched here. Next stop Tallinn and St Petersburg, a family holiday with a bit of World Cup football but I am bringing the binoculars and the travel scope!!