Two days of sunshine in early April saw “Rebecca” make a passage to Murrisk pier from Rosmoney via Crovinish and Inishraher. Blue skies and sunshine were welcome after weeks of grey cloud and rain. Air temperature was about 10 degrees, not yet shorts weather. Common seals were basking on the rocks enroute near Carrickawart. We saw three Sandwich Terns aerial diving for fish in Westport Bay. In Murrisk we met Charlie O’Malley cleaning lobster pots and preparing for the fishing season. A visit to Inishgort revealed some damage to the west facing wall of Inishgort Lighthouse from the winter storms. The fishing rods got some use but no bites on feathers.
On our second passage we visited Inishlongfield passing Blackshell Mussel Farm and on to Newport Bay. Gulls were mating on some islands. At Roeillaun the Great Black back gulls have formed pairs and rested out on the sea while we made a brief shore visit. Listening on the hydrophone at Roeillaun engine noise from the “Inishoo” a passing angling boat, snapping shrimp and water sounds could be heard.
A Brent goose flock of at least 100 birds landed on Inishcooa hilltop to graze and could be heard distinctly calling described as a gutteral ‘rhut, rhut.’ Oystercatchers were courting on Roeillaun and a few Gannets flew by hinting at fish to be caught nearby. But no luck. (08/04/2017)