I had the option yesterday to head to the Aran Islands where a Olive-backed Pipit was found about a week ago OR go to Loop Head to find my own or something else. Obviously I choose the Loop where a long day was spent tramping the headland, fields and laneways trying to dig out some migrant. The best birds I could find were the juvenile American Golden Plover that is still hanging around with the Golden Plover flock at the Horse Field near the Bridges of Ross. Also two Snow Buntings were on the headland, along with a Brambling, four Chiffchaffs, two male Blackcaps, one Peregrine, one Merlin, one ring-tail Hen Harrier, one Siskin and some Red & Great Northern Divers near the bridges with three Common Scoter flying quickly by.
American Golden Plover with Eurasian Golden Plover at the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Female Stonechat on the road to Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy
Meadow Pipit numbers have decreased at Loop since the Merlins arrived two weeks ago © John N Murphy
Collared Dove in Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Great Northern Divers at Ross Bay © John N Murphy
Chough at Loop Lighthouse © John N Murphy