Thursday, 31 March 2011

Some birds I had in Co Kerry

I took a spin down to Co Kerry with a friend to show him the White-wing Scoter thats been seen in Rosbeigh in Co Kerry. I got some good but distance view of the bird so we were pleased with that. Also on show were 2 Eiders, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 400 Common Scoter, Black Guillemot, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet, 4 Chough, 1 Male Wheatear 50 Great-northern Divers and 20 Red-throated Diver. While back in Cromane we had great views of Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Ringed Plover, Rock Pipit, Little Egret and Grey Heron. While on the way home we had Raven and and a pair of Kestrels in Co Limerick. So a great days birding in all.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Common Scoter

Ringed Plover

Rock Pipit

Rock pipt with a Sand hopper for Lunch.
Distant flight shot of the White-winged Scoter.

A pair of kesterls.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Accipiter nisus

Well the Sparrow Hawk was back in again today. He has been coming in to the garden for nearly 3 months now. I have to admit to been fond of him. He has a real personality about him. So took a few pics to share with ye.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Sparrow Hawk

I deceided to do a bit of garden watchings today. My Blackcap was in with Linnet, Redpoll, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeon, Collard Dove, Blackbird and Goldfinchs all in good numbers for the time of year. How ever I`m short one Redpoll as mister Sparrow Hawk payed a visit. Still nice to see him in as well.
Sparrow Hawk with what looks to be a male Redpoll.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Grey Partridge

Seen how nice a day it was, I decided to take spin up to the Boora Parklands in Offaly in search of Grey Partridge. I was happy to see they didn`t disappoint, as I had 7 in total. These are part of a re-introduction taken place at present and I have to admit it really seems to be going well. Other birds of note in Boora were 300 Golden Plover most in thier summer plumage, 100 Green Plovers aka Lapwings doing their dive bombing displays and a male Peregrine. There was also plenty of Irish Hares about running through the bogland area`s.