I was in Co Meath recently and seen as it is so close to the east coast I had to do a bit of birding as it was the last day of the year. But not only that a couple of birds had being seen in recent days. But more importantly 1 bird was on my list as a life tick. A Blue-throat had been hanging around on Clonea Strand in Dungarvan Co Waterford for the last couple of weeks and had being shown well so I had to get there for that. But before I headed there I was missing a bird off of my 2011 year list, Snow bunting, Over college I never got to Loophead in Co Clare where I had them last year so I had seen there was up to 12 birds shown well in Greystone in Co Wicklow. It was off to there first where I had 11 of them, then it was straight into the Jeep and off to Waterford. While looking for the Blue-throat I can across 5 Black-redstarts the most I have ever seen together in Ireland at the one time, also seen were some very tame Choughs. Then as the light got worse and it started to mist the Blue-throat produced itself. What a super bird and what a great end to 2011. Roll on 2012 and more life ticks. Happy New Year all.