Sunday, May 6, 2012

Great Saltee Islands

I was back on the Saltees in Wexford yesterday 5th May where there was great excitement.  A small fall of migrants included a Serin which only gave brief glimpses to the lucky few and one I did not catch up with.  There were plenty of other things to see including a female Common Redstart, Black Redstart, Whinchat, lots of Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Tree Pipit, Short-eared Owl and of course the nesting seabirds.  Afterwards I went with a few friend to look for the Purple Heron at Tacumschin which did not show, but there were two nesting Reed Warblers and the Bearded Reedlings to watch while waiting for the heron.  When all else fails on Great Saltee, at least one can turn to the seabirds for photographs.

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