I was in Galway on the 29th December to search for gulls at Nimmo's Pier along the waterfront. Now I know that Galway has a large Brazilian population, and I know that in recent years many good rare Trans-Atlantic vagrants have made it across the to this part of Ireland, but I was not aware that Global warming had reached this part of the west of Ireland so quickly. On the main road between Oranmore and Galway City I spotted this Amazonian Blue and Yellow (Gold) Macaw. I'm sure there is some unhappy owner missing this fine creature. I checked on the net to find that these magnificent birds can be purchased for up to two grand. I would be pissed if my expensive Christmas present flew the coop especially at this price. Anyway I got to the city and managed to see three Ring-billed Gulls on the slip at Nimmo's (one first-winter and two adults) as seen below.
Blue and Yellow Macaw just outside Galway City John N Murphy
Adult Ring-billed Gulls at the Slipway at Nimmo's Pier John N Murphy