Sunday, January 22, 2012

Little Auk & more

First-winter Iceland Gull near Kilbaha © John N Murphy

Saturday 21st January 2012

My first visit to Loop of the new year proved to be very productive. On a half hour sea watch from the car park at the Bridges of Ross there was on Little Auk flying in a south west direction.  There were good numbers of Guillemots, few Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Gannets.

There were seven white-winged gulls on the headland. One first-winter Glaucous was roosting on the rocks between Kilbaha and Cloughaun Lough.  Along these rocks there were also three first-winter Iceland Gulls.  One adult and two first-winter Iceland gulls were feeding within a large flock of Herring Gulls in fields adjacent to Ross Bay.

Other birds of note were two Chough on the lighthouse road and one Raven in Kilbaha village.

John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann

2011 Loop Head Report

The round up of all 2011 records will soon be published, check back later for full report.