October 12, 2019

Red eyed Vireo - Kilbaha

This Red eyed Vireo showed up in Kilbaha last weekend, I was well happy to catch up with REV last weekend but had left my camera memory card at home and missed some photo opportunities.
I had to wait till today to get my pics.
It took a few hours for the bird to come out and be found, but seemed to become more active as the day went on, showing in a few gardens.
In the gardens there was not much else about,2 Goldcrest,1 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawks were hunting the village, a Buzzard came low overhead, during the afternoon we found a Snow Bunting near west bank on the headland.










October 4, 2019

Yellow browed Warbler at Kilbaha

There were not many birds of note on Loop Head.
I walked the Fodry, WestBank and Lighthouse.
The Garden were quiet , This Yellow browed Warbler was elusive hanging out with a Chiffer and Blue Tits in the garden up from Keatings Pub



Hen Harrier at Clahane


It was the prelude of storm Lorenzo , I headed to the coast to see what was happening.
While watching the Gulls and Pipits at Clahane , they suddenly all went up...
I looked around and Hen Harrier came low over the seaweed was quickly picked up by the Rooks and bullied out , it suddenly came around the houses and across the flooded field where it went down into the Tussock.
I hung out , after 10 mins she re-appeared , I followed her along the coastline as she stayed ahead hunting the road and shoreline then the Rooks came again.



September 20, 2019

Little Stint at Seafield

A Little Stint was a new arrival to Seafield along with new few Dunlin and a tired Curlew Sandpiper.







September 18, 2019

Bonapartes Gull - 38 days at Liscannor

The Bonapartes Gull that I came across just up the coast at Clahane during a August blizzard has now been with us along the Liscannor coastline for 38 days.
The black head it arrived with is nearly gone and the bird has entered a winter plumage






September 14, 2019

Wilsons Phalarope


A good day catching up with this Wilsons Phalarope at Tacumshin.
A very rare bird to get to see, the last one seen here was 9 years ago.
The bird seemed to favour Forgotten corner, but due to amounts of jumpy Redshank was very difficult to get close enough for any decent photography.
But a great watch of this non stop Phalarope action as its spun around Swans, Godwits and Knot and didnt seem intimidated by the larger birds.













Wilsons Phalarope, SemiP & Pectoral Sandpiper

With not much movement of birds out west here in Clare and with a day off and the promise of good weather I Twithed and hit the road at 4am and headed across country to Tacumshin Wexford , not long after 7am I was wading through the swamp.
I caught up with two local lads KG & AMcM who were looking at a Pectoral Sandpiper on the east side and we headed out past the Patches to find the Wilsons Phalarope up in the Forgotten corner. A Marsh Harrier past over the reeds
On my way back I got good views of the Semipalmated Sandpiper and easy 10 Curlew Sandpiper.
And that was just up to 10;30 am

Pectoral Sandpiper


Star of the show the Wilsons Phalarope


SemiP in with Dunlin


Curlew Sandpipers a little deeper than the Dunlin

Ruff


After mid day I did a short spell along the eastside,came back and headed over to The Forgotten corner from the other side,
I easily approached looked over the reeds to see the Wilsons Phalarope on a small mud patch with a stack of Redshank and Knot, not exactly what you want due to Redshank panic attacks, add the back light and WaterRails pig squeeling around me and Peregrine Bombs it was some challenge to obtain shots.


September 11, 2019

Med Gulls and Oystercatchers

I took an hour before work to check along the Liscannor coast for birds.
Clahane was quiet with Turnstones and Rock Pipits rummaging the seaweed.
Back at Liscannor Harbour,
A couple of Med Gulls were among a small flock of Common and Black headed Gulls on the reef below the harbour
The Colour Ringed Icelandic Oystercatcher is also still present here.
I 1st recorded this bird here back in November 2015






September 5, 2019

Leachs Petrel from the Bridges of Ross

A Seawatch at the Bridges gave n early passage of Leach`s Petrels  a stiff NW wind brought one or two close enough for a photo before the sea spray took over