Red-flanked Bluetail, Bellmullet, Mayo John N Murphy
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I took today off work to go to Bellmullet to see the Red-flanked Bluetail that Dave Suddaby found there yesterday in his back garden. After missing the last three in Ireland, I promised myself that I would try to make it for the next one and as I did not see a pair that were nesting in Finland during a visit there to the Finnish/Russian border in 2010, I was anxious to get this on my Life List. Here are the results of todays trip to Mayo.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Last Saturday 11th October 2014, I was back at Loop Head. There were good numbers of migrants passing through the headland with three Turtle Dove, one Lesser Whitethroat, two Lapland Buntings, one Snow Bunting, one Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs and at least 7 Bramblings. Below are some of the shots of Bramblings in Kilbaha since last Saturday.
Bramblings in Lillis's Garden Kilbaha, Loop Head John N Murphy
Friday, October 10, 2014
I was back west at Loop Head again today, there were a few migrants about, 16 Crossbills over the lighthouse, two Lapland and one Snow Bunting around the headland and lighthouse, 7 Chiffchaffs, one Bonxie and these six Barnacle Geese flew over the headland around lunchtime. These are the first birds recorded in the county this year and it was lovely to watch them fly overhead as they made their way towards Kerry.
Barnacle Geese migrating over Loop Head John N Murphy
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I had today booked off work, so I decided to make the run to Wexford to try and catch up with the Solitary Sandpiper. Killian Mullarney's fantastic photos of the bird spurred me, on as I was green with envy. I got to Mattie Maddock's house after 9.00 and immediately met Mattie who told me the bird did not arrive at his pond this morning. With that he gave me directions to John Lamberts farm where the bird was originally found by John himself. I got there met John and spent over one hour waiting for the bird to arrive back to his pool, but it never happened. John arrived back and brought me off on his quad to a small wet corner of a field that remains wet most of the year round.. When we got there we immediately saw the Solitary Sandpiper and two Green Sandpipers (both of these flew off calling). Here are the shots I managed to shoot before the bird flew off without either of us seeing it leave the field. Thanks to John and the lads for all their help. I was delighted to eventually get this bird on my Irish List.
Solitary Sandpiper near Duncormick, Wexford John N Murphy
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Got back west to Loop Head this morning as I had to lead a local Birdwatch Ireland walk in Kilbaha. In the late afternoon I got a couple of hours sea watching in where there was a decent passage of Pomarine Skuas. Here are a selection of some of the birds that flew over the watching Point.
Pomarine Skuas off the Bridges of Ross John N Murphy
Saturday, September 27, 2014
This morning at Loop Head my buddy Finbarr and I managed to locate a Red-eyed Vireo. It was skulking around in a ditch not far from the lighthouse. This was the fifth record for the county. There were three in 1995, one in 2006 and this bird make it five to date. The bird was fairly approachable and looked tired as if it just arrived on the headland that morning, It stayed up to about 15.30 and was not seen later in the evening, after a fairly widespread search.
Red-eyed Vireo near Loop Head Lighthouse John N Murphy
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Back on Loop Head over the past two weeks trying to find a first Irish (in my dreams). Not too much evident migration other than one Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat, a Wryneck that I did not see, a handful of Spotted Flycatchers and lots of Wheatears. Hoping that October brings better birds form across the Atlantic. For now a few shots of one of the Spot Flies and Wheatears.
Spotted Flycatcher in Gibson's Garden, Kilbaha, Loop Head John N Murphy
Wheatear at the tip of Loop Head John N Murphy