The first two weeks in May are often some of the best weather of the year. 2017 has delivered. On the evening of 10/05/2017 I caught my first Mackerel too, four lovely adult fish 30cm and bigger. Easterly winds in the first week kept the temperatures cool but the warmth is back in the sun. The seabirds are busy, building nests and mating. I saw Roseate Terns look like nesting at Dorinish Beg and Stony Island. I was surprised to see a group of five Great Northern Divers in full summer plumage still lingering. Lots of jellyfish have arrived inside the islands. Basking shark are reported from Keem in Achill Island. The Common Seals are begining
to haulout in larger numbers and will soon be breeding. Common and Black Guillemotes are in full summer plumage.