November 12, 2017

Twite date

A year ago today I blogged 4 Twite at Clahane feeding behind the walls.
Today 7 Twite were doing the same thing on the same date.
 Saturday at Clahane can be a bit busy with walkers ,weekenders and the birds were a bit disturbed, but there was a small patch that the birds would return to.









November 9, 2017

Female Hen Harrier to roost

 A cold peaceful hour before dark high up on a Clare bog .
Not a typical light or interest for photos, just watch and listen to your surroundings waiting (hoping) for Hen Harriers to come to roost 

16:15 a Female type Hen Harrier lifted into view as a silhouette from the East, Long wings gliding across the open bog at the "southern gap" rising into the forestry tops and back again ,low and tight to the open bushes and out of sight to the North end.






November 3, 2017

November morning in Kilbaha

A early morning at Loop Head Lighthouse grounds was quiet with only a few Redwing and Song Thrush around, a Great northern Diver flew over the Headland





I quickly returned back to the gardens where earlier I saw a Yellow browed Warbler, Goldcrest and Great Tit opposite Keatings on my drive through,which  after a short while I relocated the same three birds in the trees behind The Rural Resettlement, but they remained within the treetops and were elusive.
I stayed around the gardens for a few hours and more numbers Finches ,Robins, Tits and Thrushes were coming through, all on the move






November 2, 2017

Jays and Squirrels Cache at Curraghchase

I was in Limerick yesterday morning with my children and we found time during the day to go out to Curragh chase forest park as we do most years.
It was a busy day with family groups all over the woodland,and machinery with workers cutting

I did manage 10 minutes with a few Jays that were caching the abundant amount of seeds that is on offer,
 and as always a great place to see Red Squirrel 
Lets see what comes to feed on all this seed as it gets colder and quieter






October 30, 2017

Barnacle & Pink footed Geese fly onto Loop

Standing in a wet field full of cowshit searching the thickets along the west bank with my daughter Grace for Warblers when  two noisy Pink footed Geese and a Barnacle Goose  passed over us coming down in the Bull field below on the south side of Loop





Raddes Warbler - Loop Head

I was delighted to have my 9yr old daughter with me today as we headed to The loop for a Raddes Warbler that John Murphy found during the morning.
It took a while for the bird to show, but when it did it showed well to the admiring local birdwatchers, moving along the road side thickets near the west bank and out into the grass aswell 





October 27, 2017

Redshanks

Numbers of Redshank are up along the coast with flocks of bird arriving from northern climates.
These birds were along the seaweed washed up on the Clahane shoreline this bright yet cold morning.