October 16, 2010
. In the winter, it is grey above and white below. It feeds on insects and molluscs.
Breeding in North American, European, and Asian arctic regions, knots travel widely in winter, to be found as far south as South Africa, Australasia, and southern parts of South America and Seafield ,Clare
October 13, 2010
October 11, 2010
The Paddyfield warbler remained flavour of the day around the lighthouse grounds by birders from all over Ireland , the bird remained whenever possible in cover and could be found outside the wall tucked in ..invisible, step to close and flit over the wall..... a bit of patience. I got these pics under the Flax
October 10, 2010
I was on the Loop to witness a fantastic drop off migrant birds.
I was along the Kilkee Cliffs photographing Choughs when a text came through from John Murphy Nightingale at the lightouse, and i was 10 minutes away.
As I got out of the car at Loop Head a Lapland Bunting landed near and flew off followed by a Kestrel I walked to the South and 2 Whinchats were perched on a scrub. Here we go !
The lads had gathered in the grounds and I hopped over the wall.
There were birds everywhere!!
Meadow Pipits and Thrush galore. We worked together and panned out. We were finding Injured Redwings, Song Thrushes and Pied Flycatchers.. Raptors were bombing the place!
Murf was determined to re-find the Nightingale...and went over the south wall.
We stopped for a moment.....I said Dave" Whinchat on the wall"..Murf was making his way back up as the Nightingale popped up on the wall with a few other birds. A Merlin then came though as a Short eared Owl went up.... FECK! ITS only 10 am.
Around the Lighthouse buildings Redstart , Pied flycatchers, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcaps Chiffchaffs and plenty Sparrowhawks.
A very jumpy flock of Golden Plover came fast over the walls with a Pectoral Sandpiper within the flock, Jesus whatever next!!
It was time to walk the walls.
It didnt take long till a little Brown job flitted out from cover of a inner grounds wall and into the grass..
What was that?? Did ya get a shot...It then hopped up on the wall as Murf calls "Its a Paddyfield Warbler".