Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Derek Brennans photos

Derek Brennan 18th19th September

Iceland gull 1
Wheatear 4
Sooty shear 1
Arctic Skua 1
Puffin 3
Teal 16
Wigeon 3
Heron 3
Lapwing 14
Lapland bunting 1
Reed bunting 1
Willow warbler 3
Lesser whitethroat 1 (back of mickeys garden)
Whinchat 1 (East)
Rosefinch still at mickeys.
Kestrel 1

Kestrel 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Merlin 1
Lapland bunt 1
Willow warbler 2
Chiffchaff 1
Lesser whitethroat still at mickeys.
Rosefinch still at mickeys.
Spotted fly at mickeys.
Whinchat (west)
Meadow pipit everywhere (min 300)
Redstart at antons house (which I'm sorry to have missed - looks like a cracking male).

Also had a bird on 2 occasions beside graces house. Theres a little drainage ditch to the left of the house that you step over when walking towards the back garden. Twice, I had a fleeting glance of the arse end of a small rail. It ran into cover on both occasions. I'm assuming water rail, but who knows!


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Todds Canada Goose

From Chris....

Hi Peter,
Theo and I were on Tory on 19th and 20th August.  The woodpecker had gone and there was little else on the 19th apart from 2 Herons, a Kestrel and a Willow Warbler.  However a late afternoon visit to south lake produced a juvenile Ruff and a very brief American Golden Plover, which landed and immediately flew off and out to sea.  It was identified solely on call.  On the 20th was the resident Buzzard, 2 Whimbrels and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Ralph Sheppard, Theo and I were on Tory on 10th September. The list as follows:
Sooty Shearwater  5 from boat.
Manx Shearwater 5/6 from boat
Puffin 2 from boat
Heron  1 east lake
Canada Goose  Flew into the beach  and from its behaviour seemed to be a new arrival. From 
                            Ralph's photos we consider it to be a Todd's Canada Goose, b.c. interior
Hen Harrier  female type seen briefly on a few occasions in reeds around east lake area
Sparrowhawk  1 seen on a few occasions around the island
Chough  A pair near west town, not an easy bird to find on Tory this year
Swift  3 around west town
Swallow  10-15 around the island
Robin  1 magic bush
Chiffchaff  1 in Grace's garden
Yellow-browed Warbler  Eamonn reported he saw one in his garden on 6th
White Wagtail 2 adults
Rosefinch   1 with the sparrow flock around east town.  It was photographed by Micky's 
                  daughter in their garden on 6th.
Regards Chris   

Theo Campbell

Hi Chris ,below is a list of birds recorded by myself with Richard Smith ,Roger Murray on Tory,5th and 6th September.

Magheraroarty.......2 Whimbrel,1 sickly looking Gannet in Harbour close to Pier .

12 Manx Shearwaters en route .

South lake 5th sept ,1 -1st winter Glaucous gull
4 Mute Swans (family party)
1 Teal
1 Whimbrel
2 Golden plovers
2 Ringed Plovers
2 Dunlin
1 female Sparrowhawk
35 Oystercatchers
1 Wheatear
5 Lapwing

Harbour,1 Redshank,
35 Turnstone
3 Ringed Plover .

West Town 
c6 Swallows
4 Pied wagtails 
1 White wagtail

6th Sept

2 juv Knot
5 Redshank
51 Turnstone
1 female Sparrowhawk
4 Pied Wagtails 

"Magic bush"
1 Chiffchaff
c8 Linnets
Max 10 Swallows 
1 Robin

front of Hotel,1 Robin,(different from magic bush bird)

1 Buzzard

South lake 
7 Teal 
4 Mute swans
30 Meadow pipits
1 Heron (AD)
12 Ringed Plover
1 Dunlin
1 Tufted duck
8 Mallard
16 Curlew

All the best ,Theo .