Saturday, 10 November 2012

10th November

I rang Anton to see what was about. 20-30 Redwing still on the Island. A few Woodcock noted. 2 Tufted Duck near the lighthouse. 2 Waxwing still remain in his garden. The 2 Twite appeared briefly in his garden a couple of days ago. 1 Snow Bunting last week. No sign of any Blackcap.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Chris Ingram 8th November

I had an e mail from Chris who made a day trip to Tory today

"I took the short day trip to Tory today.  Anton is still feeding Waxwings with fruit and I donated a plum and an apple from my lunch! Best birds as follows:

Eider 11 in bay, two immatures had orange bills so presumably were 'Northern' race birds.
Waxwing  4 in Anton's garden.
Chiffchaff  1
Redwing  c.5
Blackbird  1 or 2
Robin  1
Twite  2 near magic bush

There were 2 Great Northern Divers in Magheroarty harbour and on the way out as we neared Tory was a pod of 10/12 Bottlenose Dolphins really close to the boat.  On the return trip was a Bonxie, and again as we neared the harbour a pod of 5 Bottlenose Dolphins.  The RTE helicopter was on Tory and as it flew over Inishbofin Island it disturbed a flock of c.150 Barnacles."

Thanks Chris..........

Saturday, 3 November 2012

3rd November;Waxwings

I had a phone call from Anton Meenan who tells me there is still a group of 18 Waxwings in his garden eating apples and plums put out for them. Also 2 Blackcap in the garden and 10 Eider in the harbour. 6 Whooper Swans around the lake after southerly winds a few days ago.

Tim is still hanging on!


I had an e mail from Chris Ingram;

Tim Murphy is still on Tory, he's been stranded there for much of the week, but today (2nd November) he still managed 18 Waxwing, 2 Blackcap and a Brambling there.
10 Whooper Swans, 22 Greenland white-fronted and  6 Barnacle Geese, Glaucous Gull and a Woodcock during the week

Thanks to Chris and Tim for the news