Timoleague Franciscan Friary is a substantial ruin of mainly the 14th and 15th centuries, (although it may be a 13th century foundation). If you drive into the village, a road (where you can park) runs below the friary up on the bank and beside the mud flats or water, depending on the state of the tide. Thus you can visit the ruins, which are open access, and do a little bird-watching with a minimum of effort. The picture from the friary looking down shows only a small section of the mud that is evidently very much to birds' liking. It's just possible to make out two sorts of birds: (i) the white ones which are mostly gulls with a few Little Egrets; (ii) the dark ones which are wading birds, mostly Black-tailed Godwits. In fact, the whole coast around here - Courtmacsherry Bay near Kilbrittain to the east, through Clonakilty Bay to Rosscarbery Bay - provides a series of sites where the road runs close to the sea and the tidal mud flats. Details of tide times and heights and, if possible, a little local knowledge would be of great help here.