Perhaps I was a little late for the yank waders that I'm convinced must turn up with greater regularity than current records suggest as there is just a huge amount of inter-tidal mud and I probably only scraped the surface; sites such as Dunfanaghy, Carrickgart, Dunbeg, Ballyness Bay have form and it isn't hard to see why. Observer coverage is scant to non-existant, if you enjoy your birding quiet then Donegal is the place to go, I didn't set eyes on another birder in 3 days birding, in fact between 07:00 and 19:00 Saturday and Sunday I didn't speak to another living soul unless you count the check-out girl at Spar as I stocked up on Dairy Milk.
Stunning scenery abounds, no shortage of sites to visit and little by way of hides or 'structured birding' just big bays, huge cliffs and wall to wall sunshine. Other enjoyable sightings included Little Egrets at two sites, several Ravens, west coast Meadow Pipits with the beautiful cinnamon-toned underparts, hods of common waders to work through looking for yanks, a few Scaup and close encounters with Ravens. Let's face it any time you get to spend with calling Ravens is time well spent.
Resisting the temptation to de-camp to Galway after the arrival of a drab yankee kingbird and a gaudy kingfisher I stuck to the task in hand though the sheer beauty of the place got to me and I found myself a few times just sat gazing at the views, not really caring if I wasn't turning up the monster rare.
Looking from Melmore across to the Fanad penisular
Always next time.....