Weather forecast for this four day trip, (long week-end) was not good, rain !
However, on arrival, it was dry with low grey cloud.
On the drive from Shannon to Galway, not great numbers of birds were seen except the Corvids, just the common stuff,
Hooded Crow, Rook, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Oystercatcher, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Collered Dove.
We had come to Ireland to see GULLS.
On arrival at Nimmo's Pier, the Iceland Gulls stood out like car headlights ! !
8 Iceland Gull, 1st winter
2 Iceland Gull, 2nd winter
1 Iceland Gull, adult winter
3 Ring-billed Gull
1 Kumlien's Gull
Common Gull, several
Black-headed Gull, many
Herring Gull, very few
Any help welcome re ID of the ICELANDS, here we go ! !
Also at Nimmo's, on the shore line andgr on grass areas other birds seen
Brent Geese, pale-bellied, 100 +
Red-breasted Merganser, pair
The day ended at 17.30 hours, a totally crazy photo day ! ! !
Into the car, then immediately a long drive, 3 hours north to Sligo, stopping for a cheese burger take away, eat in the car, M.S. found a B and B in Sligo.
Day 1 over ! You sleep well after a day like that !