October 30, 2012
With this juvenile Red breasted Flycatcher being small and elusive in a no entry garden, Drizzle and showers & 4 kids in the car I didnt believe I would see this bird let alone get a photo or two .Fifteen patient minutes watching and I spotted it from the road just in the area where John Murphy said I would see it
Gerry the owner of the field next to the garden gave me permission to to use the field to help me find the bird, a few psshts and the bird showed a bit better..
Gibsons garden ,Kilbaha
October 26, 2012
For a few days masses of Thrushes came down on islands and Headlands throughout Ireland and the UK.
Loop head was no different, Always a day late I took to searching the walls of the lighthouse.
Redwings,Fieldfare, Mistle thrush and Blackbirds were tired and injured birds were using the walls and thick grass for shelter.
Feathers were all over the headland...There must of been a lot of birds here a day or two ago...evidence that the Raptors came aswell , plus I did not see a Merlin today, id say they`ve fed well.
October 21, 2012
October 17, 2012
So a 97 km detour on the way to work it was, with 30 mins of time to hopefully find the bird..
I came up trumps and i went to work with a clearer mind and wet feet!
October 14, 2012
An early morning start at and around the lighthouse before the storm was quiet, just a fly over honking Barnacle goose and a Peregrine were to be seen . Murf and Finbar arrived and a tame Snow Bunting gave a show.A walk and search across the bog on the south side of the headland produced my first American Golden Plover of the year than had joined a flock of about 40 Golden Plover..
October 13, 2012
October 12, 2012
A Merlin was around and a fine pair of Choughs.
Just before the rain storm a suprised Gyr falcon buzzed the Turnstones next to the harbour, the bird had what seemed to be a tassle trailing from talons ..fast and gone ..escapy id say.Works out the bird has been seen a few times over the last 4 years.
October 9, 2012
October 2, 2012
|Rock Dove (leaucistic)|
Meadow Pipits are all over the headland as well a few small a few flocks on Golden Plover that were dealing with the wind ,some Wheatear still remain to pass through.
The search goes on.....
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