"The seabirds mewled and swooped, unnerved, it seemed, by the spectacle of that vast bowl of water"
Sooty Shearwater
Creative Commons AttributionSooty Shearwater - Credit: Mike Baird

Stephen Newton writes in the Irish Times (Wings on the Water), that the "secluded sectors of our coasts and islands are carpeted with gulls, gannets, petrels and puffins in breeding season, and skuas and shearwaters stream past us in migration periods".

He explains that, for bird lovers, a trip to Ireland in early summer is rewarded by "close encounters with puffins and gannets".  The southern Wexford coast is one of the best places in Ireland to see seabirds.