Thursday, 4 September 2014

Inish Mor, Aran islands, County Clare

Balearic shearwater 1
Manx shearwater 50
Black guillemot 15
Sandwich tern 10
Gannet 100
Fulmar 20
Kittiwake 100
Shag 30
Stonechat 10

Flowers:
Devil's bit scabious
Yellow rattle 
Bloody cranesbill
Quaking grass

A glorious day on Inish Mor, the largest and outermost of the Aran Isles, we couldn't have picked a better day to go. 
The journey across was fairly uneventful, until a fantastic Balearic shearwater appeared in the midst of the manxies! My first in British waters, though I have seen them in the Mediterranean.
The island itself was a revelation, a continuation of the Burren, with miles of limestone pavement, and lots of great flowers, though most had gone to seed.

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