Seawatching at Kilcummin Head

Outdoor Living

IN THEIR ELEMENT The Manx shearwater has long narrow wings, which it uses for gliding low over waves, ‘with hardly a wing beat employed to aid flight.


Birdwatch Ireland Mayo Branch has had a busy year, and will holding its ninth event of 2022 on the weekend of September 3 and 4. The location is Kilcummin Head in the north of the county, not far from Killala – a great place to watch sea birds on their migratory passage.
According to www.birdguides.com, sightings recorded at Kilcummin Head this month include Long-tailed squa, Azores gull, American black duck, ring-necked duck and Cory’s Shearwater. Previous sightings at the location have included little auk, sooty shearwater, Icelandic gull, purple sandpiper, gannet, fulmar, petrels, terns, manx shearwater and many more.
The branch suggests participants should wear warm clothes, bring along a flask and a snack and something to sit on. They advise also that all children need to be closely supervised at all times, as the location is close to the cliff edge. Don’t forget also the binoculars – or even better a telescope – for best views of the birds flying by over the ocean.
Speaking about the outing, George Keegan, PRO of the Mayo branch, has encouraged all those interested to double check the branch’s website (birdwatchingmayo.org) or social media channels for up-to-date information, as the outing is subject to weather conditions and so the exact day and time will be announced closer to the time.
Kilcummin Head can be reached by car and there is a parking spot beside the viewing area. Note on Google maps it says Benwee Head, which is the same place.