We were there last year and saw much the same birds as you have, including hooded crows that were on the beach by the promenade wall at Peel. You fell lucky with the weather. We loved the Isle of Man - I was impressed and surprised at how beautiful it is, especially the glens.
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Hi- plenty of choughs there too - try the fields near the calf. Also check out this site
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I used to visit the Isle regular both for motorcycling and the mountain marathon but not been for over 30 years.It was always good for seabirds but at the back end of the year my best find was a little site that had roosting Hen Harriers,must try and go back it is a great and inviting island.
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Calf fields were empty of coughs. Got skylarks at point of Ayre. Hitting Snefell mountain tomorrow, hoping for better sightings of hen harrier. Difficult birding on a coach holiday with mom, but given me plenty of ideas for places to try, so will have to come back for a proper birding holiday.
Enjoy the mountain tomorrow. We saw nothing when we went up - and I mean nothing! It was shrouded in fog. I also saw a lot of skylarks at Point of Ayre, and what a lovely place it is, too.
SaltwellsDifficult birding on a coach holiday with mom, but given me plenty of ideas for places to try, so will have to come back for a proper birding holiday.
Difficult but not impossible,we have managed it on occasions.I seem to remember the reserve we went to for H.Harriers was called Sarfield and would be difficult on a coach,it was bad enough in a car..As you say you will just have to go back.