Monday, 30 September 2013

Inishbofin & Inishmore

A few shots from the last week or so. I didn't make it out to Inishbofin for the Eastern Kingbird on Wednesday. There was a great sense of relief knowing that I had seen the first European record last year on Inishmore. Unfortunately like last years bird it too disappeared overnight.
Visiting birders had found a Blackpoll Warbler, Common Rosefinch and two Wrynecks while dipping on the kingbird. Wryneck is an extremely rare species in county Galway with only two previous records, both relate to specimens picked up on Eeragh Island lighthouse (off the West end of Inishmore) on 6th October 1886 and 19th September 1912. I was on Inishbofin the following day and while one of the Wrynecks had been seen first thing that morning we failed to see it. However towards the end of the day Anthony McGeehan found a juvenile Woodchat Shrike up at the East end. While it was on show for long periods it was a little distant hence the record shots. It quickly disappeared and wasn't seen later that evening. Galway only recorded it's first Woodchat Shrike last Autumn shortly after the Eastern Kingbird which was also in the same area.

I was back out on Inishmore for the weekend to see if there was much around and the answer was relatively disappointing. Saturday was particularly bad with just two Curlew Sandpipers and a Jack Snipe. A single Blackcap and a handful of Goldcrests were really the only passerine migrants seen. Sunday was a little better with a Reed Warbler, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher. I'll be back out with a few others from this Friday for a week at least and fingers crossed for some decent birds.

Juvenile Woodchat Shrike, Inishbofin, 26th September 2013.
Juvenile Woodchat Shrike, Inishbofin, 26th September 2013.
Chaffinch, Slyne Head.
Willow Warbler, Inishbofin.
Pied Flycatcher, Inishmore.
Pied Flycatcher, Inishmore.
Pied Flycatcher, Inishmore.
Curlew Sandpiper, Inishmore.
Curlew Sandpipers, Inishmore.
Curlew Sandpiper &Dunlin, Inishmore.
Curlew Sandpiper, Inishmore.
Dunlin, Inishmore.
Curlew Sandpiper & Ruff, Omey Strand.
Common Seals, Inishmore. The poor guy had fishing line entangled around its neck which has badly injured it.
Common Seal, Inishmore.
Common Seals, Inishmore.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Murlach Lesser Yellowlegs Part Deux

Some more shots of the juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs taken yesterday. Showing rather well, helps if you don't have any pesky Redshanks in the area shouting their heads off.

Also juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Rossadillask, Cleggan yesterday while doing more I-Webs counts, the first I've seen this year in Connemara. While the species is fairly scarce they aren't as bad as Little Stint of which I've seen a grand total of one in the last six Autumns out here!

With a shield bug of some sorts.

Juv Curlew Sandpiper, Rossadillask.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Mid September 2013

I got some more shots of the Lesser Yellowlegs today in much better light which I'll probably upload tomorrow. In the meanwhile here's a selection of random stuff from the last two weekends.

Common Dolphin, Inishmore.

Kittiwake, Inishmore

Shags, Inishmore

Straw Island, Inishmore
Storm on Inishbofin

Irish Hares, Gorteen, Roundstone.
Black Duck/Mallard, Rahasane Turlough.

Black Duck/Mallard, Rahasane Turlough.

Black Duck/Mallard, Rahasane Turlough.

Dunlin, Murlach

Dunlin, Murlach

Dunlin, Murlach

Dunlin, Murlach

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon, Murlach.

Peregrine Falcon, Murlach.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Lesser Yellowlegs at Murlach

I got a call from Miryam Harris just as I was arriving into Ballyconneely late this afternoon. Mike and herself had just found a Lesser Yellowlegs down by Murlach. I had planned on checking the machair at Aillebrack and Truska for American Golden Plover as Aonghus O'Donaill had found a juvenile at Rahasane turlough earlier today. I obviously never made it down to either to Aillebrack or Truska for that matter.
I had last checked Murlach while doing an I-WeBs count here on Wednesday so it was obviously fresh in. The bird gave great views and was quite approachable.

Previous county records are as follows;
One, Rahasane Turlough, 20th January 1977.
One, Rahasane Turlough, 7th October to 9th November 2001.
One Glenamaddy Turlough, 9th to 12th October 2011.
There is also a record from Rahasane Turlough (yet again) from 26th September to 13th October 2003 which was never submitted but was photographed. We should be able to get it accepted thanks to the shot.


Murlach. It was feeding very close to the roadside along the fenceline here.