November 22, 2020

Pine Marten and my garden Log

 So a week ago I found out I had a Pine Marten visiting my garden.

 I chanced my arm putting out a few peanut butter, peanuts and rasberry jam treat along the log in my garden. The weather during the week was awful, but the treats were being taken..

On clearer nights I put out the Trail Camera in a different spot each night to get a few angles of this fine animal that really does seem to be at home on the Log.





A few videos are of the wrong date. OoOPs.

November 14, 2020

A Pine Marten in my Garden

I was discussing with my young lad as to what might come too and around the bird feeder at night.

So we decided to put a trail cam up...a few Male Cats were around but at 5;20 a stunning Pine Marten comes in for about an hour and Ive found out who has been attacking the food bins.





A wet Buzzard at Bunny

 

It was a wet day..very wet.
The water in the loughs of the burren lowlands were quite high.
A few Goldeneye and a Great crested Grebe were out in the center of Lough Muchanagh .
A wet Buzzard was a welcome site toward Lough Bunny






Arctic /Common /Mealy type Redpoll

 

This little Redpoll was hanging around the shelter of a coastal lane outside of Kilkee.
Certainly not a Lesser Redpoll( our default Redpoll in Ireland) and fairly tame even approaching the legs of a old Dog while it was barking.








October 27, 2020

Local Beach Birds

 A short walk with the kids at Lahinch beach during a brisk morning will always find few local birds in there habitats , Wagtails ,Stonechats and Rock Pipits on the Rocks, the Black headed Gulls in their regular spot on the reef and Cormorants and Red throated Divers chase fish in the shallows and were giving a winter feel to the beach.

Pied Wagtail

Red throated Diver

Black headed Gull

Cormorant

Rock Pipit




October 15, 2020

Yellow browed Warblers and Tits on Show

 Yellow browed Warblers are still getting around headlands and moving through the country. Birds have been found in and near coastal towns of County Clare and even on show in inner city Dublin.

They do get a little easier to see as the leaves are falling from the trees, I believe this bird has been in the same Kilbaha garden for over a week now, not much more in rarities in the village but still a good visible passage of  Chaffinch, Blue , Great and Coal Tits 










October 13, 2020

Otter at lunch at Lough Atedaun

 I was out at Lough Atedaun just after midday with my 2yr old daughter having a snack, there is a gap in between the trees on the west side of the carpark that I birdwatch through. I could see 4 Mute Swans were staring at the same swampy flood patch then an Otter climbed a rock  `sniffing``....

It entered back into the water and headed in our direction moving through the submerged grasses and reeds, the  Mute Swans moved off togeher..checking behind ( they reminded me of 4 surfers that had seen a Shark on the inside).

Again the Otter came out up on a rock in front of us..sniffing...sniffing, it seemed to have no problem with us, and I was talking to a child! with a few "sshhhhhss and "Come heres" put in. The Otter then swam straight under me , to close to photo made its way to land where it sniffed out a dead bird ,which I think was a Lapwing. I devoured it bones and all in front of me, before being scared of by a Spaniel.