While back at Loop Head early last Sunday morning, I noticed there were thousands of seabirds wheeling about on the sea in feeding flocks off the tip of Loop Head. The Fulmars in particular caught my attention as many had returned to sit on old and traditional nest sites on Diarmuid & Grainnes Rock, to the north shore of the tip of Loop. During November our Fulmars normally disappear for a few months and go out to deep sea in the North Atlantic, returning in late December and early January. Maybe this year Hurricane Sandy caused some disturbance to birds that normally feed out on the edge of the continental shelf?
Fulmars on Diarmuid & Grainnes Rock, Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy