Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Oystercatcher

The Oystercatcher is a bird that I feel is over looked way to often and I`m one of the culprits as I don`t think I`ve covered them on my blog. It has to be one of our most colourful  shore birds that we have in Ireland and Europe. They often go about their business probing the ground looking for small shellfish hiding in the sand on the shore or cranefly larvae and worms in the soil on your local green area. They have a distinctive call and like the Curlews call just reminds me of the seaside. So the next time your out and about near the shore, listen and look out for this little gem.





Monday, 18 February 2013

Some shots from the weekend.

I was out and about this weekend given the nice weather ( and all my given out about the poor grey days we were having I had to get out ) and did a bit of birding. I spent some time at Rogerstown/Turvey on Sunday and I was in Howth today. Birds of note over the weekend were Red Kite, Hen  Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, as well as the usual suspects, while in Howth Purple Sandpipers were feeding around the base of the pier.