Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Whimbrel numbers are building at the present. Everyday more and more of these small waders are sifting through the country, as they make their way from South Africa to breeding grounds in Iceland and the high Arctic.  This evening there were 50 at the Shannon Airport Lagoon, and from here on in this bird (better known as the May bird), will build up in numbers and large flocks will be seen and heard flying over the county on a daily basis, as they fly in a North-west direction for Iceland.  Listen out for their seven note whistle.

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