Monday, February 16, 2009

monday, and a dip

Was at Ringaskiddy 1st thing this morning to try for yesterday's great spotted cuckoo - no luck, though, and it seems that it either pushed on, or hopped off its mortal coil during the night. Did bump into 5 cattle egrets on the way home, between Inchydoney and Ardfield, so that should please our spanish reader, assuming he has internet access (and time to waste!)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

little gull

A cracking adult winter little gull was loitering off the beach at Long Strand this morning, only my 3rd for the patch, I think.  A 1st w iceland gull was also on the beach there.  A scan offshore produced 48 red-throated divers - a good count, along with 6 great northern divers.  A grey wagtail over the house mid-morning was also new for the year (73).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

winter gulls

Large numbers of common gulls around Kilkeran today but couldn't do any better than 2 med gulls in amongst them - an adult & a 1st winter.  A  look at Ross in the afternoon produced the huge adult glaucous gull still lumbering about, plus the two first winter iceland gulls.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

redwing

A single redwing was hanging out with a couple of mistle thrushes near Shite Lane this afternoon - just reward on the way home from doing my bird atlas tetrad (71).