I was lecturing at a small school near Lissycasey in west Clare this morning. When I checked my mobile, I had missed 17 calls to alert me of a White-winged Scoter found at Rossbeigh, County Kerry. This is a first Irish record of this Trans-Atlantic sea duck. So a few of us headed off to try and twitch the bird but to no avail. At nearby Cromane we knew a Spoonbill was overwintering there, as he has done for the past four winters. With five hours spent looking for the scoter with out any luck, as a bonus, we decided to head to Cromane with the hope of seeing the Spoonbill, to tick it off our year list. Below are shots of the bird that was fairly approachable.