First stop was Portnoo, and the adjacent Narin Strand. I'd never visited this place before but it had a bit of form with a King Eider a few years ago and the odd winger. But today, I had to put up with three lovely drake Long-tailed Ducks and a close Black-throated Diver along with the more numerous Great Northern Divers and Black Guillemots. I headed off, and rejoined the N56 where just to the southwest of Lettermacaward there was a juvenile Iceland Gull roosting up on the small estuary.
Next stop was the furthest point - Dunfanaghy New Lake and the surrounding fields. I'd been up here before, the first time to twitch a Taverner's Canada Goose back in 2001, and quite liked the feel. I scanned through the ducks, hoping there'd be some kind of yank present, but to no avail. There was a confiding juvenile Iceland Gull chewing up the worms in a field full of Common Gulls, while the 600 or so Barnacle Geese and 30 Greenland Whitefronts reminded me I was a fair way away from London.
|juvenile Iceland Gull Dunfanaghy, Donegal 12th February 2018|
|adult Glaucous Gull Magheroarty, Donegal 12th February 2018|
Back at Killybegs, and with a couple of hours of light left, I started scouting about the main pier and Gallagher's - typically a few white wingers, including a nice adult Iceland Gull that did a flyby. Looking over to the other side of town, the factories were obviously working as there were hordes of gulls and so I headed over. Frustratingly, there was a metal ringed Herring Gull that I couldn't get anything on but single Glaucous and Iceland Gulls coming to the scraps were pleasant enough.
|juvenile Iceland Gull Burtonport, Donegal 12th February 2018|
|juvenile Glaucous Gull Burtonport, Donegal 12th February 2018|
|2nd-winter Bonaparte's Gull Killybegs, Donegal 12th February 2018|