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Sruhill Lough, Achill Island Mayo

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American Black Duck
Micheal O'Briain
21 April 2014
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Sruhill Lough is a large, kidney-shaped intertidal lake on the northeastern side of Achill Island. Most famous for its resident drake Black Duck (beware hybrids!), the lough's potential for attracting Nearctic vagrants was realised only as recently as autumn 2011, when four Semipalmated Sandpipers were found among other highlights. Otter may also be seen here.

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The lake can be viewed distantly from the minor roads at the north (F718092) or south (F728081) ends. Exploration on foot is possible, though terrain is difficult (sometimes treacherous) and wellingtons are essential.

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