Monday, 30 March 2015

Buíóg


When I was in Rogerstown the other day I spent some time looking for other birds that maybe around. I remembered from last winter that it is a pretty good spot for Yellowhammers (Buíóg in Irish) so I went for a look and sure enough I found 10 birds, mixed males and females. The reason I reckon its a good spot is down to crops and horses in the area. They love to feed on the rolled oats that the horses get to supplement them through the winter months. I also came across a few Tree Sparrows, these little birds are now not so common in Ireland with Clare and Dublin been the only 2 counties I have had them in. So it was nice to get them on my year list for 2015.












Sunday, 29 March 2015

Rogerstown Lesser Yellowlegs

There is a lesser Yellowlegs knocking about Rogerstown in Co Dublin since last September 2014. So I eventually made it up there to get to see this bird. It is my second Lesser Yellowlegs in Dublin over the last 3 years and only my second Lesser Yellowlegs ever. So to have it give good but distant views for 2 hours was great. So I managed a few distant shots for this blog.






Thursday, 26 February 2015

Back Birding

I was out in Howth recently and managed to get a few shots off of a couple of the usual regulars as well as some winter visitors.

      Female Stonechat

 Male Stonechat

  Black Guillimot

 Purple Sandpipers

        Female and Male Wigeon in Flight

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Another blow to the Irish White-tailed Eagle re-introduction



Last year there was a great buzz about the place as a pair of WTE  had successfully breed on Lough Derg on the Tipperary/Clare border. And given the fact the female bird abandoned the nest after the chicks hatched, the male did a great job of raring the young birds on his own. When both chick fledged it was amazing, the first wild White-tailed Eagles in over a hundred years were now ready to explore this little island of ours. But like many of the captive birds released during this re-introduction their path was paved with peril and danger. This comes for a small group of ignorant and thick idiots who believe these birds will kill all their lambs and sheep. So it come as no surprise to me that one of the chicks was found dead today. It was shot and left to die a cold and lonely death as the bird was badly injured but not killed out right by the person/s who shot it. I have attached a link to the story that broke on RTE News today.  Please have a read and voice your concerns to our Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan. The culprit must be caught and punished to the full extent of the law if the rest of these birds are to have any hope of been safe in our skies.

   http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0305/600355-white-tailed-eagle-tipperary/

One of the Kerry birds I had not so long ago.

                                           
 
    

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Caspian Gull and Red-necked Grebe

While in work during the week, I received a text to say the Caspian Gull was spotted back in Tallaght so with that knowledge, and knowing the Red-necked Grebe was giving good views, my mind was made up to head out Saturday morning to get these birds. The Caspian Gull was a life and Irish tick for me and when I got to Sean Walsh park in Tallaght this morning, it took a bit of searching but I located the bird on the roof of a house. However, the bird proved flighty as it was being harassed by a Lesser Black Back Gull. I did manage a few shots which I have attached below.
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.