Wednesday, 5 March 2014
One of the Kerry birds I had not so long ago.
Posted by James at 21:33
Saturday, 1 March 2014
After that, we headed for Dun Laoghaire and the Red-necked Grebe, which I located in the harbour by the east pier. The bird gave good but distant views and was constantly on the move. The bird was coming into summer plumage, which I have not previously seen, and to have the views I had was a joy. Also in the harbour, were plenty of Great Northern Divers. This is a bird which is normally off the south, west and north west coasts of Ireland, so to see them in high numbers off the east coast is unusual.
Posted by James at 19:56
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
This bird has been a hit and miss for a lot of the guys up here and when it does show up it only usually hangs about for 15 minutes. So we decided to do Poolbeg first and if the Red-necked Grebe was to show up we would head for it. So four and a half hours later a text came through that the Red-necked Grebe was showing well in Dun Laoghaire inside the harbour. So there was no sign of the Ross's we said we would go and get it. But before we left I made a quick call to make sure the bird was still there and to my disappointment it hand moved out of the harbour . So we stayed where we were and hung around to see if the Gull would show.
Eight and a half hours and at least 30-40 birders later there was no joy and with other engagements and the light going we had to call it a day. So picture my annoyance when I got a text 30 minutes after we left that the Ross's was after appearing and hung around for 15 minutes gave good views. So roll on Sunday morning, and not making the same mistake I made the day before I headed straight for The Red-necked Grebe. While on my way through Blackrock I received a text that the Ross's was back at Poolbeg. It was an easy decision, Ross's would be a life tick and an Irish one at that. When I got there it was out in the middle of the channel but it was giving nice views. So another new gull of the year and what a relief. In the end I didn't go for the grebe, I may do that this weekend.
2 shots of the Ross`s from last Sunday
There is still one Snow Bunting knocking about on the Bull
There are plenty of Black Guillemots about at present
And also plenty of Kittiwakes around too
Posted by James at 22:31
Monday, 3 February 2014
For the last few months there has been an average of six Snow Bunting hanging about the beach on Bull Island. I went to see these birds back in November and was surprised to see they have hung around for so long. In saying that, there has been birds coming and going as where there were no female birds originally, they have been joined by a juvenile female now but there are still only 6 birds. So the group has changed but not the number. They have to be one of my favourites, especially the adult males, they can be so striking in appearance. I took a few snaps recently so I`ll attach them below.
Posted by James at 17:18