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.