Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spotted Flycatcher

On Saturday 7th May 2011, I had a 4.00 am start to my day leaving home for headlands in Waterford where I was hoping to get a few stray migrants that may have been blown in by the southerly winds.  just a s I arrived at Helvick Head, I dipped on a female Golden Oriole by about two minutes.  I spent all morning between Helvick, Mine and Ardmore Heads with little more than Whitethroats and a hoodwink large brown Warbler.  I got a phone call from a few friends on the Saltee Islands in nearby Wexford to say  Great Reed Warbler had just been found, so being so close I had to travel for the big twitch.  On Saltee there were nice numbers of common migrants including Spotted Flycatchers, (see below).

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