I was in Tarbert while passing through Kerry late yesterday afternoon and managed to see a few birds before it got dark. There was one adult Mediterranean Gull, two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls, one little Egret, 80 Shelduck and over 250 Teal. An Otter was actively feeding and scent marking around the piers where the ferry docks.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
I was on my way home from West Limerick yesterday 26th January 2012 and took a look at the slipway near St. Michael's Rowing Club in the middle of Limerick City with the hope of seeing a Ring-billed Gull or Iceland Gull. There were lots of Black-headed and Common Gulls but no oddities. This Grey Heron was holding his own at the end of the slipway waiting on bread being thrown out for the swans and gulls.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Here are a small selection of some of the 17 different Iceland Gulls we encountered in west Clare yesterday 21st January 2012.
First-winter Iceland Gull in a field near Farrihy Bay
First-winter Iceland Gull in a field near Ross bay, Loop Head
A dark first-winter Iceland Gull near Cloghaun Lough, Kilbaha, Loop Head
Saturday, January 21, 2012
We headed off this morning to the south west corner of the county in search of white-winged gulls. Given that there are so many scattered around the country we thought there was a good chance of finding a few. We managed to find 21 white-winged gulls in total within the golden triangle of Clare, Kilrush, to Loop Head, to Doonbeg. Out of the 21 there were 17 Iceland Gulls and four Glaucous Gulls. The first-winter in the pictures below were taken in Kilbaha, Loop Head. As you can see the Herring gull sharing the rocks with this bird was not so hospitable to his northern cousin.
Yesterday while passing through Ennis I stopped off at Ballyallia Lake where there were three White-fronted Geese, one little Egret and 74 Whooper Swans. These three white-fronted Geese were probably lost from a small party that normal frequent Lough Muchanagh not too far north of Ennis.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
After finishing survey work in north Mayo late this afternoon, I dropped into Killala Harbour to search for white-winged gulls before departing for the long journey home to Clare. There was one first-winter Glaucous, two adult Iceland Gulls and this Thayer's type individual. Hopefully, this will be confirmed as a first-winter Thayer's Gull by the experts over the coming days. To date, there have been nine claims of Thayer's Gull Larus (glaucoides) thayeri in Ireland. Details of all nine are as follows.