August 16, 2017

Juvenile Lesser black backed Gull

 Juvenile Lesser black backed Gull.

8 Little Egret behind the fence. Moyasta

I pulled in at Moyasta Creek to find the bridge area completely fenced off to cars ,walkers and visitors, im disappointed as its a good birdwatching spot.
A got a good distant views of 8 Little Egrets preening on the banks of the creek from up river.

July 29, 2017

Adult Arctic Tern -Clahane

 In the morning I dropped in at Clahane for a hours birdwatch before work.
Delighted to see a Adult Arctic Tern resting up on the reef below the steps with Black headed Gulls.
The Common Sandpiper was still present as were a few Curlew and 30+ Oystercatcher as were the growing numbers of Kelp fly eating road birds(Pied Wag, Rock&Meadow Pipits , Wheatears and Starlings)

July 26, 2017

Juvenile Sedge Warbler

 In the rain near the car park of the surfers entrance of Doughmore beach, Doonbeg.
I was watching a busy Sedge Warbler continually gathering insects in a long meadow patch of Reed and Willow herb, 
It kept returning to this Juvenile who was in much better looking shape than its parent.

Adult Sedge Warbler

July 22, 2017

Common Sandpiper - Clahane

A single Common Sandpiper was along the  high tide shoreline of Clahane .

A change on the coast at Clahane

A day or so ago Clahane was quite of birdlife apart from the usuals.
An overnight storm with heavy rain wind and lightning passed from the Atlantic over the country.
I like to visit Clahane and Liscannor for birds after these storms.
The high tide encloses the kelp flies high on the shoreline , Gulls feed in the sea wash and seaweed while numbers of Swallows and House Martins hawk along the road and high tide mark.
Wagtails both Pied and Grey have their young here to feed. Juvenile Wheatears and Linnets are now being seen here ,as so was a Common Sandpiper.