August 18, 2019

Checkin in on the Bonapartes

The weather was slightly better yet windy and the Bonapartes Gull was still present at Clahane, its 9th day.








August 11, 2019

Bonaparte`s Gull at Clahane

The morning was wet and westerly.
I wasnt bothered in going far and decided to grab an hour locally before work.
Clahane on the high tide has always been my favorite spot for Gulls and today did not disappoint with this Bonaparte`s Gull.
It was windy with squalls, but surprisingly got a few good photos in between.

 






August 5, 2019

Bonxie at the Bridges and the Waders start to arrive


Up early and along the coast.
My 1st birds were at Quilty beach ,where a juvenile Greenshank came in off the sea with a scatty peep which were shortly chased by a male Peregrine.
The Bridges of Ross was quiet with only the 1 Bonxie among the steady flow of Manx and Gannets.
At Doonbeg a few Waders have arrived. Dunlin, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover and Whimbrel.







July 27, 2019

The Tree Sparrow families

While wandering the coast looking for birds, I checked a local castle to see if the Tree Sparrows were there, they were not.
I had an idea that they would be around the horse fields close to the coast.
I came across a flock of Linnets that contained a few Tree Sparrows, at a closer look though it was several families of Tree Sparrows with a few Linnets and all were were feeding young among the grass seed and bails,highest count I had was 18 birds all in the same area of field feeding.
Tree Sparrows with young are forever on the watch and always keep their distance.
They are Great!











July 20, 2019

Gleninagh Mt , North Burren

When a report of a Snowy Owl sighting comes from the Burren ,I generally try to make an effort to go to the area and hope to see Her.
Ive seen Her in the past and will always have the desire to find and experience  her again.
I stick to my old quote:
 "If you dont go, You dont see
If you dont look , You cant find"
Here are some photos and views of area of Gleninagh mt at the north of the Burren.
Snowy Owl habitat. 
 Its hard going on the loose wet limestone rocks, its a silent world, Goats appear in the Mist, mad selections of wildflowers, a Silver washed Fritilary  floats past .
A family of Wheatear and a few Whitethroat were the best of the small birds
 A Sparrowhawk was carrying prey to a nest in low hazel, a pair of Kestrels were hunting together. Silence was broken by my steps and the Croaks from the Raven, but no Owl was seen today.













July 15, 2019

Falcon fly over Lickeen Lake

On my way back from the Burren, I was driving near Lickeen Lake on the high rd to the south.
This Falcon circled above me, I managed to get 2 shots off before I lost the bird.
I pulled the shadows out of the photo to show what I believed to a Hobby and that I believe to be a 2nd CY or 3rd Summer bird.
Could it be my 2nd for the county and 5th Hobby this year.

Or is it some other species of Falcon???


 
  UPDATE.
Now, a day later and through the help and interest from friends, Mentors and outside influences we have a conclusion that the bird is of Generel Kestrel shape and in active primary moult, making it odd,weird looking, yet interesting to say the least.



Heading update from Hobby to Falcon.







Birds at the Martello tower pool at Auganish Island

A hot day on a lengthy spell of good weather.
The pool at the Martello tower on Auganish Island was low in water,
quite busy and noisy.
Sandwich Terns and Gulls were using the saftey of the mudbanks for the juveniles.
A few Common Tern use the rocky outcrops , 7 Little Egrets fished the shallow water, a few Ringed Plover were also present.
All birds were expected but.....where were the Greenfinches that are usually here??








July 12, 2019

House Sparrow ringed

I was watching the Sparrows at the Graveyard near Liscannor when I noticed this Male with a white ring on its right leg