Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
A grand evening for a stroll down to Shite Lane. Nothing much doing in the bushes but did pick up ringed plover for the year on the beach. Back at the house, my local informant informed me of a flock of whimbrel heading south along Long Strand, containing a smaller wader - 5 minutes later there it was, booting over - knot (95). A tricky one to get at wader-deprived Galley! But why are all the waders heading south?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Out at 6.30 am this morning - bit early but needs must! I'd been out for 2 hours and seen nothing birdy, just 2 basking sharks and 2 foxes. A quandry - will I hoof round the outer section of the patch and be late back home, and still prob see feck all? Or will I be good and get back a bitteen early? Thankfully, I took the sensible option, and approximately 20 minutes later was knee-deep in migs! First a wryneck, followed seconds later by a male whinchat - both spring firsts for me at Galley, and both big surprises! (92). Excellent!
Redefining standards in record shots! Gav, where am I going wrong?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Certainly put the measily whitethroat I had on patch this morning in the shade (90)!
Monday, April 18, 2011
The small fella demanded an early walk this morning and a good job he did, for it netted us a reeling grasshopper warbler, just off patch. A quick retrace of steps, and a listen and it was on the list (89). He heard it too, it was reely close, but unfortunately he wasn't for up for looking for it. Still, a good one for the patch, by no means guaranteed every year, so delighted, if a little tired.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
After a few days holiday, it was good to get back on the patch this morning, and even better to connect with the wood warbler at Shite Lane, first found on Saturday. It was even trying out a few verses of its song this morning, and generally flopping about in the trees looking big and chunky and exciting! An excellent patch tick, and only my 2nd ever in Ireland, after my first out on Blanan on Cape Clear back in 1991.
Other year ticks this morning included 2 swallows (back at their nest sites in my absence) and a scouting party of 5 shelducks over (84). A yellowhammer was also knocking about.