There was a bird of interest seen in Co Louth over the past few days and it was a bird I haven`t seen so it would be a shame not to head for it. The bird in question is a Richard`s Pipit. I headed for Louth on a wet grey dull day and thought I might as well kill 2 birds with the one stone (forgive the pun) and head for Northern Ireland and get the Ruddy Duck for my year list. The Pipit proved a difficult bird to get near as it was very flighty and would disappear for long periods of time in a nearby field. So I managed a few distant shots only. When I arrived in Oxford Island Nature Reserve in Co Armagh I headed straight for the south hide where I had the Ruddy Duck, they were distant but showing well. The light was very poor so I didn`t get and shots of them, but there was a nice surprise there for me, in among a big flock of Pochards was a male Red-crested Pochard, a new tick in Ireland for me. So give the poor weather conditions (again) it turned out to be a great day out.