Sunday, 17 March 2019

Aughrusbeg Richard's Pipit

I was out at Aughrus Beg beside the inlet at Rossadillask on the 16th October my colleague Cameron Clotworthy to check up on a rather out of place Grey Seal pup that I had seen sat up on a rock in the inlet the previous day while carrying out an Irish Wetland Bird Survey. There was no sign of the pup but while walking along the shoreline I heard a Richard's Pipit calling at close quarters on two different occasions. I couldn't see the bird unfortunately.
I returned the next day and eventually managed to see it mostly in flight and just once well on the ground. It was extremely timid and generally wouldn't allow close approach when on the deck.
I managed to get some record flight shots and a few when it briefly landed on a bramble patch. Nearly all of these are fully cropped.
It was later seen by Eamon Larrissey and Aonghus O'Donaill on the following day. I don't think anyone else looked for it.
The only previous county record was a fly-over which Ciaran Cronin picked up over Nimmo's Pier on 29th October 2015. This was a long overdue county first. Odd how they haven't been picked up on Inishmore or Inishbofin to date.














Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Juvenile WRS's, Inishmore, October 2018.

Hugh Delaney picked up two juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers feeding on the storm beach at Loch Phort Chorrúch on Inishmore on 14th October. I was out on a day trip myself at the time and managed to get some shots. I had an adult here at the very same spot in September 2011. This is the first time two have shown up together in Galway. Both birds had started to moult a handful of the upper scapulars and one bird (individual one) had a distinct small bump on the upper mandible.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers.
Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.
Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual one.
Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper - individual two.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Adult White-rumped Sandpiper, Inner Mannin Bay, 20th September 2018.

A few record shots of a moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper that I found in Inner Mannin Bay, Ballyconneely back on 20th September 2018. This is the third adult that I've found on this very same beach with the previous birds being on 29th September 2011 and on 8th August 2017. The last bird was a nice full summer bird. I haven't seen the species anywhere else on mainland Connemara for some reason. Four WRS were found in Galway during the Autumn of 2018 with a juvenile on Inishbofin on 8th October and two juveniles on Inishmore on 14th to 20th October. I have shots of the latter birds which I will post here shortly.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper with Ringed Plover.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper with juvenile Sanderling and Ringed  Plover.

Moulting adult White-rumped Sandpiper.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Murlach Cattle Egret

A few more random shots from the past Autumn including Galways only second record of Cattle Egret. The bird was picked up by David Rees on 30th September down by Murlach. It hung around for at least two weeks.
A few shots of some of the returning Icelandic colour ringed Oystercatchers which will very shortly be heading back North. Also a young Peregrine which was unsusually perched on telephone wires.

Cattle Egret, Murlach, 30th September 2018.

Cattle Egret, Murlach, 30th September 2018.

Juvenile Peregrine, Murlach, 13th October 2018.

OO-W(PA) colour ringed Oystercatcher, Bunlough Strand, Co. Mayo, 14th September 2018.

OO-W(PA) colour ringed Oystercatcher, Bunlough Strand, Co. Mayo, 14th September 2018. Ring already damaged on one side, only ringed in May 2017.

RL-W(AA) colour ringed Oystercatcher, Inner Mannin Bay, 10th August 2018.