June 17, 2019

Bearded Reedlings - east end

When I arrived at the high car park I had a scope about , Tacumshin Lake seemed quiet for birds.
I walked to the sluice and back , a few small flocks of Dunlin, a couple of Little Tern, a a few calling Lapwing were the best of it.
I watched a Bearded Reedling flying over the swamp toward the reeds at the east end pond, so I decided to walk the track that goes between the reedbeds.
A Garganey came up of the lake with 3 Mallard, Reed Buntings and a Reed Warbler were calling.
A few of those chimey calls were coming from the reeds as a family of Bearded Reedlings approached and crossed the path I was on.






Dunlin

Garganey with Mallards

June 16, 2019

Five Tern Day

At the very South of Lady Island Lake, where the lake almost meets the sea, there is a cut in the dunes where some of the Terns that breed on the Lakes` Islands cross to the open sea to go foraging for fish.
The Terns approach in different ways and directions as they pass by at some speed, makes getting the flight shots a challenge.
I came here hoping to see Roseate Terns (which was successful) and managed to see all 5 of our breeding Terns at this site within the hour
Roseate Tern , Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern and Sandwich Tern
Thats a Good hour!

Roseate Tern


Arctic Tern



Common Tern


Little Tern


Sandwich Tern


June 14, 2019

Burren Yellowhammer

Just one male Yellowhammer was singing near Carran Turlough on the Burren.
Im not seeing many of these birds anymore and I believe they seem to be
on the brink of vanishing from the county.










A juvenile Dipper

This juvenile Dipper was perched up on a rock below Ennistymon cascades.
Time for it to start underwater feeding for itself now.
 Truely an aquatic creature.






May 29, 2019

Sanderling

A handful of Dunlin were in the corner of Seafield harbour this lone spring plumaged Sanderling was with them.
Quite a striking looking bird close up.








May 25, 2019

SpotFly ,Butterflies & Damselflies

As it enters summer and and a higher average temperature things begin to Fly.
DragonFlys and Damselflies hatch , Banded Demoiselles can be seen among Irish yellow Iris,
Spotted Flycatchers pick flys from the air.
Butterflies such as the Brimstone can now be seen 

Spotted Flycatcher

Banded Demoiselle .male
Banded Demoiselle . female


Brimstone .female


May 21, 2019

Burren Med Gull

A Burren Mediterranean Gull
Not many of these birds breed in Clare.Slightly larger than Black-headed Gull, more similar to Common Gull in size and shape but bill stouter. Adult is distinctive, breeding plumage has black hood. Tends to be uncommon within the county, often found with flocks of Black-headed Gulls.









Little Terns and Dunlin

A handful of Little Terns sharing the shallow waters of Tacumshin Lake with a 1000 Dunlin.