We had three target birds in mind, a peregrine, fulmar and glaucous gull. So our first stop was the marine drive. Peregrine falcons have been breeding on the cliffs below the castle for some time and people had reported seeing them. We saw a lady looking at something through binoculars, and she was kind enough to show us where the peregrine was. Whilst Chris went back to his car for his camera (chrisdownesbirds) I was busy watching harbour porpoise in the sea.
Chris took a few photographs and then we headed for the area where the glaucous gull was last seen. This meant driving along the marine drive, heading in land for a while and then driving back to a car park near the sea.
Another car park but this time it was pay and display, so we opted for just one hour, which would give us time to walk around the harbour. While Chris was paying for our ticket I took a few pictures of the turnstones in the car park.
The light was now fading due to grey cloud cover, so it was time to set off for our final destination. On the way Chris decided to have a drive on the race track on Olivers Mount!!
The mere was our last port of call and we saw lots of birds to add to our day list, plus new birds for our year list. mandarin duck, red-crested pochard and swan goose.
Thanks for another great winter birding trip Chris. Total birds so far this year 101.