As I was on the reef at Clahane I could see a Phal that was possibly photographable. As I approached and observed up close it seemed unusually sluggish and slow and I could have picked it up but ive stopped doing that since Bird Flu, now it may have been tired and justly so but it showed symptoms that Ive seen in many birds this year that maybe bird flu. Eventually the bird slowly walked off and sat in a puddle
November 28, 2022
As I came into Clahane I could see there were several Grey Phalarope feeding among the Black headed Gulls down in the puddles on a dropping tide , as I got there the council had turned up to clear the road of seaweed all with noisy Tractors with flashing lights and reverse warning noise. but after a few flighty moments I thought Id loose them to the ocean but they came together in and around the puddles for a count of 12.
November 6, 2022
I was cruising back toward Corofin , I hung out around O`tooles lough watching the the Fieldfares and Wigeon flocks around the Marsh . I walked further along the road chasing a Redpoll to a gate and caught sight of a male Marsh Harrier but it was always downlight moving low beneath the tree line as it moved way at any height and it was mobbed by Crows.
Through the binoculars it seemed to have a pale head and silvery parts through the upperwing and tail as shown in photo 2 , but overall a dark bird.
I was around the lowland Burren areas from Corofin to Tubber and the shrubbery was packed in an explosion's of Fieldfares and Redwings that were feeding on the Berries of Mountain Ash , Yew Trees and every visible berry tree available, there certainly seems to be a good harvest out there and the winter thrushes are taken advantage.
The weather was generally warm, and Dragonflies were seen at lough Muchanagh,
Yes winter thrush and draonflys did seem a bit off
November 4, 2022
October 25, 2022
October 20, 2022
October 18, 2022
The wind was blowing, thats what has brought these birds in off the ocean
For 3 days weve had Grey Phalaropes entertaining us between Clahane and Liscannor harbour and some can be very tame,
The 2 days were very stormy and windy as we watched these birds deal with it while trying to feed on the high tide shoreline, but the wind has turned to the east now and they shall now depart us, entertaining little things I must say.
Heres a small collection of photos of a few of the birds.
October 16, 2022
October 15, 2022
The morning still dark with thunder and lightning from the SW.
With the Yellow rumped Warbler still available and weather condtions pretty bleak a stroll through the gardens with the company of Murf was on the cards, Thanks to sheds and pubs to escape the down pours of hail and rain.
A few Redpoll, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Blackbirds and Tits were about the village. Yellow rumped Warbler only showed for a few minutes for me and well enough too.