October 21, 2020

Caspain Gull among the Limerick Gulls

I had a few family commitments in Limerick city so I took a couple of hours with my small boy to go down to O`callaghans strand at see if I could catch up with the Caspain Gull that had been seen there.
Plenty of varieties of Gull were to be seen,Yellow legged Gull, Black headed, Common, Lesser Black, Herring,  and a few Ring billed Gull .
I never did get a positive ID on the gull at the time, due to spending time feeding the Pigeons and Black headed Gulls with my toddler , which I must say ..he loved, but due to a few photos it was confirmed as the Caspain Gull I was searching for ֏🙇












October 15, 2020

Yellow browed Warblers and Tits on Show

 Yellow browed Warblers are still getting around headlands and moving through the country. Birds have been found in and near coastal towns of County Clare and even on show in inner city Dublin.

They do get a little easier to see as the leaves are falling from the trees, I believe this bird has been in the same Kilbaha garden for over a week now, not much more in rarities in the village but still a good visible passage of  Chaffinch, Blue , Great and Coal Tits 










October 13, 2020

Otter at lunch at Lough Atedaun

 I was out at Lough Atedaun just after midday with my 2yr old daughter having a snack, there is a gap in between the trees on the west side of the carpark that I birdwatch through. I could see 4 Mute Swans were staring at the same swampy flood patch then an Otter climbed a rock  `sniffing``....

It entered back into the water and headed in our direction moving through the submerged grasses and reeds, the  Mute Swans moved off togeher..checking behind ( they reminded me of 4 surfers that had seen a Shark on the inside).

Again the Otter came out up on a rock in front of us..sniffing...sniffing, it seemed to have no problem with us, and I was talking to a child! with a few "sshhhhhss and "Come heres" put in. The Otter then swam straight under me , to close to photo made its way to land where it sniffed out a dead bird ,which I think was a Lapwing. I devoured it bones and all in front of me, before being scared of by a Spaniel.  

















October 12, 2020

Migration through and over the Loop

 The day was nice with little wind, I arrived in Kilbaha just before midday , I could see there was a few extra Chaffinch and Great Tit around the harbour , as I made my way up the lane it was evident that a migration of Tits was coming through and over the village from the west, certainly to many to count and photo, just watch as they skip through the bushes and trees and past me, soon each garden was holding numbers of Blue Tits, Coal Tits and Great Tits, Chaffinches were also gathering in numbers.  2 Yellow browed Warblers , 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and a Goldcrest were in the gardens as was my 1st for the autumn Redwing 












October 9, 2020

Hen Harrier and Chiffchaffs at Loop

 Its October and every keen birder wants to find a rarity. News of rare birds from headlands and islands makes me get up early and head for Loop Head.

There wasnt much in the way of rare birds or birds for that matter anywhere between the lighthouse and Kilbaha gardens, Ill settle on female Hen Harrier which I found perched on a clump of mud at the west bank, but as soon as the camera was lifted the bird was on the wing and gliding past me.

The weather showed up for an hour and 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were in Senis Garden with some Blue Tits, Great Tits and Goldfinches






A single Pink footed Goose

 On my way home from Clahane when I was delighted  to spot this Pink footed Goose alone and feeling lost in Sandfield Marsh Liscannor. Its the 3rd time Ive seen this species at this site.






October 6, 2020

Yellow-browed Warbler. A Call of Autumn

 When your walking the lanes and gardens of Kilbaha on a change of weather looking for small passerine birds, your local senses become aware ,sort of trance`y ...looking for movement in undergrowth and trees and reacting to any calls that might give away a bird.

One such call is that of the Yellow browed Warbler that be heard most years on our headlands during the month of October, If you know what to listen for it helps distinguish the bird from other small hard to see species that like to sculk and hide behind leaves and scrub that are hard to see let alone photograph 






September 29, 2020

Ruffs, Choughs and Turtle Dove

 

A cold morning on Loop Head with a switch of wind to the NW, not much to see at the lighthouse grounds even Meadow Pipits were in short numbers.
 Choughs seemed to be all over the headland and were in flocks.
The gardens were quiet a mixed flock of Tits and Chaffinch were around Seni`s, then a Turtle Dove flew past me and over a  farm shed onto a wire with Starlings.
Three Ruff were at the Lough with Curlews, Redshanks, GreenShank and a  tame Oystercatcher.