I managed to add three new years species to my annual Tick List today. The first was the female Snowy Owl in Connemara, not easy to get close to for a few snaps. The second was this confiding Black Redstart in Barna, close to Galway City, that has been around for some time. I finished off with a small flock of Waxwings in Ennis, that had newly arrived. Here are a few shots of the Galway bird and the last shot is of a red bellied male which was in Ennis just at the end of last year.
First-winter male Black Redstart at Barna © John N Murphy
Adult male Black Redstart Our Lady's Hospital Ennis on 30th December 2016 © John N Murphy
Note the red belly and flecking. Not sure of what race or the origins of such an odd looking bird?