Friday, May 19, 2006

a late one

A turtle dove flew over Long Strand this morning, while a calling cuckoo in Dirk Bay this afternoon was new for the patch year list (99). 

Saturday, May 13, 2006

red-rumped swallow ya bas!

Very quiet at Galley this morning, with only a couple of chiffchaffs (new in?) in Dirk Bay.  However, news of a red-rumped swallow at the Old Head of Kinsale brightened things up a bit -  cracking bird it was too (only 11 behind ya now, mc!).  The female marsh harrier was still present at Garretstown Marsh.

Friday, May 12, 2006

vis mig for definite

A female marsh harrier flew over Galley this morning (98), being mobbed by a persistant jackdaw.  It flew out over the sea, heading west towards Toe Head. Yesterday's turtle dove was still present but it was pretty quiet with two wheatears the only other migs around.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


A collared dove and a turtle dove flew over Shite Lane this morning but there was little sign of any other movement.  The turtle dove was new for the year (97).

Sunday, May 7, 2006

hammer time

Still very quiet on the migrant front, but a bonxie off Galley, and a yellowhammer at Shite Lane were both new for the patch year list (96). Two shelduck were also seen flying over Galley.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

time for a swift one

A swift over Long Strand this evening was new for the year (94). Nothing much else doing though.

Monday, May 1, 2006

hooray, its May!

Two tufted ducks on Kilkeran Lake were new for the patch year list (93), but it was very quiet today with 2 wheatears the only migs seen.