It was a strange weekend down at Ballycotton.
Today I found a bird I really did not expect at this time of year, A drake Surf Scoter flying by with ~ 50 common scoter. It pays to seawatch from the cliffs. And that is pretty much all I did this weekend really.
Prompted by various skuas, including an Adult Long Tailed, seen during the week by Paul Moore,
I was down on Saturday in the hopes of an early seawatching season begining. And it actually was not bad!
Storm petrel fell first, with a reasonable passage of Manxies. And this was followed up by (at last) some Common terns. Then the star bird of the day, the first Cory's Shear of the season loped west.
All in all a nice little clean up.
A quick check of the lake and beach produced sweet FA.
Number of species 132. Score: 184. Relative score: 78.08%
Lets hope some more lovely sea passage goes on soon.