Monday, October 30, 2017

Radde's Warbler

I was birding Loop Head Lighthouse and Headland early this morning when I located a Radde's warbler along a hedgerow near the west bank.  The bird was elusive for the first hour and skulked away but later in the day it displayed very well for all who came to view it. This is a first county record of this rare Siberian vagrant to Clare.
Radde's Warbler at Loop Head John N Murphy

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Birding Rosslare Port

I was working in south Wexford during the week and I had the opportunity to visit Rosslare Port for half an hour to search for a few stray migrants.  There was a Common Redstart along the seawall with two Black Redstarts, three Northern Wheatears, five Swallows and a White Wagtail.

 Black Redstart John N Murphy
Common Redstart John N Murphy
Wheatears at Rosslare John N Murphy

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs

It's been some time since my last post but yesterday I managed to get a few pics of the Lesser Yellowlegs that was found in a flooded field, last weekend, at Islandavanna just south of Clarecastle on the shores of the River Fergus.  This is only the sixth county record in Clare of this rare Trans-Atlantic wader.

Lesser Yellowlegs John N Murphy