Friday, 12 October 2012

Clare in a Day

I took a spin down to Clare the other day to have a look around as I haven`t been down there in a while. I heard about a Buff-breasted Sandpiper that was seen out at the Bridges of Ross last week so I headed to see if it was still there and yes it was although it was very flighty and not making it easy to get a shot off but I managed a couple. Also seen was chough, Raven, a dark phase Aortic Skua, Brent Geese, Peregrine Falcon and many of the normal shore birds. I left Loophead behind and headed for the 5 Todd’s Canada Geese that were seen in the post office field in Ennis. The following day I headed back to Limerick and did a trek around Curragh Chase, I was a little early in the year and there wasn`t much around but I did have 8 Jay and a Grey Wagtail and new bird for me in Curragh Chase ( I had Grey Wagtails but never in Curragh Chase)  and 1 lone Red Squirrel. I will make a trip back there in 2 weeks time and hopefully the finches will be back.

 A couple of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

 A adult dark phase Artic Skua at loophead
 Todd`s Geese in Ennis.

 Jays were busy stripping acorns for the Oaks in Curragh Chase.
Grey Wagtail on the little stream flowing through Curragh Chase.

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