March 9, 2023

5 Ring necked Duck

 5 Ring necked Ducks had been on the Kilkee reservoir for a few days and I got down after 4pm the light wasn't on my side and distant views only from the roads but still offering good scope views

3 Drakes and 2 females had joined a handful of Tufted Ducks an Teal and were great to see performing on the Pond. 

The weather was well cold in  a NE wind.

March 1, 2023

White tailed Eagles at Muchanangh

 These tagged White tailed Eagles have been wandering around the Burren loughs all week.

Ive seen plenty of these Eagles over the years and most of the time they dont do much. but never have I seen a show as this day. Even at a distance it was quite a wonderful display in the air, on the trees and on the ground

February 26, 2023

Tree Sparrows at the Horse fields Seafield

 Its so worth a stop and to walk the Seafield to Clonahinchy road and watch to see what birds are coming into feed with the Rabbits on grain around the Horse fields.

Rock Doves, Skylarks , Reed Bunting, Curlew, Chough , Redwings, Linnets , Chaffinch, House Sparrows and a highlight of 14 Tree Sparrows that were all using the fields for winter food sourse.

February 15, 2023

Marsh Harriers on the Burren lowland Loughs

 There have been regular sightings this winter of Marsh Harriers within County Clare and Limerick. Last winter was very simular.

Marsh Harriers have a massive area of vagrancy so its hard to say how many we have , sure they follow the water coarses with good established reedbeds and are well able to travel distance with British tagged birds showing up north of Scotland and  far south as Senegal.

All I know is that its great that we have them and be able to get good observations of a wonderful Raptor that has chose to inhabit our Loughs around the Burren.

February 12, 2023

Forsters Tern - Kinvarra

 Iv been lucky enough to have seen the Forsters Tern in a few different locations along Galway bay but this was the 1st time that I found it within Kinvarra bay. This seems to be its favorite wintering grounds over the years so Im glad to have finally caught up with it here.

Drake Goldeneye

 With not much else on Cullaun Lough this drake Goldeneye  was a pleasure to watch ducking and   diving and an opportunity to use the phone scope .. a new game in my life

 With not much else on Cullaun Lough this drake Goldeneye  was a pleasure to watch ducking and diving

January 21, 2023

Waders roost at Clahane

 On the high tide the short west facing coastline at Clahane has 4 reef pieces that secure a safe place to roost during the day. Up to 400 Golden Plover can be seen here along with Greenshank, Redshank, Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, Curlew, Dunlin and Brent Geese can be seen on  what I call the middle roost.