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Resident birds include, breeding gulls, Kestrel, Peregrine, Rock Dove, Raven, Chough, Fulmar, Shag, Skylark, Rock and Meadow Pipits.  Swift, Swallow, House Martin Wheatear, Whitethroat, and Sedge Warblers are just some of the common migrant breeders.
In winter the beach and bay are the main attractions with lots of wading species like Dunlin Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher. Roosting flocks of Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls can have European visitors like Mediterranean Gull mixed with Common and Black-headed Gulls.
Late October through to March of most years normally sees a small influx of northern gulls to the area with Glaucous and Iceland Gulls regular. Small flocks of Purple Sandpipers frequent the rocky outcrops on the Atlantic side of the bay. Moore Bay itself can hold Great Northern Divers and auks like Razorbill and Black Guillemot.
Scarce or rare birds seen in the locality include: Eider, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Sabine’s, Ring-billed and Yellow-legged Gulls, all four skuas, Little Auk, Waxwing, Golden Oriole, Turtle Dove, Black Redstart, Blackcap, Twite, Lapland and Snow Bunting.
Credit: Clare Bird Watching