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Capel Island & Knockadoon Head, Co. Cork

 

Location: About 12km south of Youghal (and south of Ballymacoda)

 

Grid Ref: X 093 700, X100 700

 

Description: Knockadoon is a headland on the western tip of Youghal Bay, situated on the east Cork coast, and Capel Island lies just offshore

 

Birds: The headland is a good sea-watching point but is renowned for its migrant birds which has included a number of rare migrants in recent years, including Pied Wheatear (1st Irish record) and Sardinian Warbler (2nd Irish record). Scarce migrants have included Hoopoe, Lapland Bunting, Yellow-browed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart (the latter occasionally in large numbers). The island hosts Chough, Peregrine and a colony of Cormorants.

 

Viewing: A dirt track leads around the headland to the tip. Access to the island is by written permission from BirdWatch Ireland only

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