Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Derek Charles photos

A few photos attached from a recent trip to Tory....

Curlew Sandpiper
And the Iceland Gull from Magheraroarty

Presumed Kumlien's Gull

Thanks Derek!

Monday, 27 May 2013

26th May

Yesterdays news from Irish Birding...

Little Tern   2
Redwing      1
Chiffchaff     3
White Wagtail  5
Black-tailed Godwit  5
Whimbrel       3
Common Sandpiper   2

Saturday, 25 May 2013

25th May Mealy Redpolls

News from Irish Birding today....

Brad Robson Derek Charles Hugh Delaney and Adam Scott are all on Tory.

Great Skua  1
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Whimbrel  10
White Wagtail  4
Goldcrest   1
Redwing   1
Chiffchaff   4
Whitethroat   1
Glaucous Gull 2
Mealy Redpoll 3
Curlew Sandpiper  1
Corncrake    8

24th May

According to Irishbirding, Brad Robson, Hugh Delaney, Adam Moore are on Tory at the moment...

Chiffchaff  2
White Wagtail 17
Corncrake 7
Glaucous Gull 2 (Adult and 1st Summer)
Arctic Skua 2 (Pale phases, flyovers)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

21st May; Yellow Wagtail and Ferry Fiasco reported  the following from Davey Hunter

2 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Yellow Wagtail (male)

There are a few Northern Ireland birders on Tory at the moment so hopefully some more reports over the next few days...

Myself and Gerard Murray travelled to Donegal on monday in the hope of getting out to Tory. Despite ringing the night before to find out the departure times of the ferry we missed the boat. We were on site from 7am at Bunbeg (where the boat was due to sail from, at 7.30am). No boat! So we drove to Magharoarty..No boat! We rang the contact numbers.No answer!We raced back to Bunbeg and asked a local fisherman where would we find the ferry...He rang the captain and it had departed from an unspecified third harbour (no mention on the ferry website). So be warned if travelling. Its the second time this has happened to me....its an unreliable service.
An Iceland Gull at Magharoarty (probably the Kumlien's) from last month and a Carrion Crow at Inch were about the best from a long day out.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Anton Meenan; Late April/Early May

I rang Anton to see if he had any bird news. He reports the following over the last few days...

5 Corncrake (3 West Town/2 East End)
2 Goldfinch in the garden
1 Linnet in the garden
1 Greylag Goose
4 Brent Geese
Up to 8 Whimbrel daily for the last couple of weeks
c30 White Wagtails in early May near his brothers garden
2 Blackcap
2-3 Redwing still hanging around
Pair of Peregrines still present

c20th April a large fall of Phyllocs 100+ birds present and a Goldcrest

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Derek Brennan; 6th May

From Irish Birding.....

Purple Sandpiper 2
Puffin 8
Little Tern 2
Buzzard 1
Corncrake 2 calling.
Iceland Gull 1