October 4, 2014

Swainsons Thrush -Loop Head

I had spent a few hours searching  parts of Loop Head for the Dotterel that was found earlier on in the day, which I found(with help from a Raven)at 6:45 with 43 Golden Plover.
 After a heavy shower and the daylight running out I was leaving the lighthouse area of Loop Head.
I drove off slowly with hope of seeing a Merlin or something.
 7pm a pipit sized bird flew in of the sea, across in front of the car and hit the bank on my right. The bird flew low and direct down the road for some 20 metres landing on the grass to the left... I knew it wasnt a Mipit,slightly to large ,no tail slides and a different flight.
 What is it?... quick look through the bins ,,It has a smooth Oliveish back no streaks.
What is it?...I knew I was on to something , thought I had an Olive backed Pipit.
I snatched around for the camera ..opened the ISO to 3200 because of the lack of light ..I had to get some sort of ID shot.
The bird flew into a thicket just of the road. I got out of the car ,searched but no luck.
What was that?
Later on this evening after the help of JM & KM , it was confirmed as a rare Swainsons Thrush. A North American species, a 5th Irish record and a 1st for the county.

In the words of Eminem
Look if you had one shot ,one opportunity
To seize everything you ever in one wantdone moment
Would you capture it or let it slip?
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
Opportunity comes once in a lifetime.


Brian Carruthers said...

The Luck be with you

limerick birder said...

so happy you got a Clare first Jeff, and what a first. Well done again.

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