November 28, 2019

Rose ringed Parakeets -Hyde Park London

I spent a morning in Hyde Park London.
Now for me being a very rural birdwatcher living out in the country,Urban birding felt very strange thing for me to doing, then you come across these fellows the feral Rose ringed Parakeet.

So like it or hate it?
On personal note, they captivated me for a morning and I really enjoyed the spectacle they put on.
The calls from the tree tops, small flocks flying over head, individuals being hand fed, the colours and cheeky Parrot syndrome.
I Enjoy them, but at a guess Id say they could be quite destructive.
With a obvious stable population and being non migratory they are there to stay and increasing
They are now in the same class with Collared Dove, Little Owl, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Feral Pigeon etc.

November 21, 2019

Fog bog Crows

I was on the bog for a Hen Harrier roost watch but the Fog was thick and the visibility was very poor.
This pair of Hooded Crow came to check me out, even they were wet and miserable, but somehow they make a make a living up here.
But thats life on top of a bog.

November 12, 2019

Pink footed Goose with Greylags

A Pink footed Goose was with 3 Greylag Geese in the marshland opposite the Pitch n put along Liscannor road. A good chance that they blew in on the previous storm this weekend.

Greylag Goose

Pink footed Goose

November 4, 2019

Iceland Gull. As the weather changes

The morning was clear and the tide was approaching high.
As I passed Lahinch on my way south along the coast a low heavy sea mist came in.
It was now wet with a stiff breeze and a real winter feeling.
 I passed Quilty on the road to Seafield.
Plenty of Gulls were in the air and around the hightide wash,
This Iceland Gull popped up on the wall with a few Herring Gulls

October 29, 2019

Eider and the Long tailed Duck

 I was cruising the Clare coast looking for birds , I knew of an Eider that has been seen in Kilkee so I parked up and checked the bay.
 The Eider was only a few metres off the beach ,as I walked down to get some photos  a Long tailed Duck joined the Eider whom at 1st wasnt to impressed and hunted the LtD which gave me some flight shots, but it all soon calmed down

October 22, 2019

KIngfisher -Kenfig Pond NNR

We made a small detour of the M4 at Bridgend to Kenfig Pond .
We went to south hide , where we had a good show from a busy Kingfisher that was persistent in getting a Heron of its post
A Cettis warbler showed briefly ,Waterrails calling and a Goosander was the otherside on the pond being mobbed by a Gull

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