Friday, 19 May 2017

Robert Vaughan 6th-11th May

Hi Peter,
I was on Tory 6-11 May, blue skies and sun beating down each day
again! Highlight was 2 white-bills of the east east end on 9th and
10th, a leach's petrel on the 8th and a very showy wood warbler the
same day.

Red-throated Diver- 1 summer bird flying east on the 9th.
Great Northern Diver- Approx 20 each day.
White-billed Diver- 1 winter bird on the 9th, 2 winter birds on 10th.
Fulmar- good numbers each day.
Manx Shearwater- Small numbers each day, bigger push on the 8th.
Leach's Storm-petrel- 1 flying east on the 8th.
Gannet- Good numbers passing and feeding off-shore.
Cormorant- Atleast 20 around the island each day.
Shag- Bigger numbers than Cormorant.
Mute Swan- 6 adults.
Whooper Swan- Sub-adult still on the east lake.
Greylag Goose- 6 or so each day, moved between east and west end.
Brent Goose- 2 2nd years 7th west end.
Mallard- 3 females with 5-9 young spread out. Approx 10 adults each day.
Tufted Duck- 9 west end.
Eider- 2 males together a few times and a pair east end on the 8th.
Buzzard- 1 reported by the 'T' a few times,I only saw it on the 8th.
Peregrine- Adult male and 2nd year male most days.
Merlin- Female east end flew to the mainland on the 9th, female by the
lighthouse on 10th.
Corncrake- Atleast 10 singing males, 7 west town, 3 east. Probably 2
females atleast around West town.
Pheasant- Female East town.
Oystercatcher- Several pairs, 3 eggs on a nest east end.
Ringed Plover- 50 plus about the island, several pairs, 1 with 4 eggs east end.
Golden Plover- Small numbers each day.
Lapwing- Common, 4 tiny chicks around the east lake each day.
Sanderling- 1 West town on 10th had been seen by others previously.
Turnstone- not huge numbers, 10 each beach and a few around the island.
Dunlin- huge numbers! A few large flocks, one of 250+ moving between
east and west beach, a few pairs west end.
Common Sand- 2 each day, probably a bit of turn-over of individuals.
Redshank- A few pairs about.
Black-tailed Godwit- 3 west end 7th and 8th.
Bar-tailed Godwit- 1 on the 7th, 2 each day afterwards.
Curlew- 2 on the 9th and 10th.
Whimbrel- Approx 20 each day, mostly flocks moving off shore.
Snipe- several flushed and drumming each day.
Great Skua- a pair along the north cliffs most days.
Black-headed Gull- c. 50 each day at the lighthouse lake.
Common Gull- c. 200 most days.
Herring Gull- Common, no counts.
Lesser-black backed Gull- small numbers each day.
Great Black-backed Gull- Small numbers each day.
Kittiwake- Common, small passage off-shore.
Iceland Gull- 2nd year each day.
Little Tern- 2 feeding off west end on the 9th.
Arctic Tern- 7 9th west end, a few off the east end on 10th.
Puffin- Common.
Black Guillemot- Less conspicuous than last month, small numbers around.
Razorbill- As above.
Guillemot- As above, no 'bridled' birds seen.
Feral Pigeon- c. 10 each day.
Collared Dove- A pair on the 6th, 1 each day after that.
Cuckoo- 1 1st summer male around the football pitch on the 11th.
Skylark- common.
Sand Martin- 1-2 on the 9th.
Swallow- Common.
House Martin- 2 east end each day, atleast 7 on the 9th.
Rock Pipit- c. 50 each day, 1 Littoralis west town.
Meadow Pipit- c. 50 each day.
Pied Wagtail- Several, 3 fresh juvs. on the west beach on 11th.
White Wagtail- 2 most days.
Wren- Common.
Robin- 1 East end 6th and 7th.
Wheatear- Common.
Whinchat- 1 male on the 6th.
Stonechat- 1 male on the 8th, east end.
Blackbird- Female dead east end on the 8th.
Whitethroat- Female magic bush on the 6th, male east end on 8th.
Sedge Warbler- several singing birds from the 7th.
Willow Warbler- 2 most days, a northern bird on the 10th in the magic bush.
Wood Warbler- Chris found 1 on the east beach on the 9th.
Chiffchaff- c. 5 most days.
Goldcrest- 1 West town on the 6th.
Hooded Crow- atleast 18.
Raven- 2 pairs, 3 fledged young in the west end.
Chough- 2 pairs.
Starling- Common, several families out from the 8th.
Tree Sparrow- c. 20 each day.
Chaffinch- Female 6th- 9th west town.
Linnet- 2 pairs.
Goldfinch- 1 a couple of times on 8-10th.
Siskin- Female on the 7th and 8th. 3 Males on the 10th and 11th.
Reed Bunting- Female east end, a pair below Graces and marsh behind
the Kings house.

All the best,

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Chris Ingram and Theo Campbell

Hi Peter,

On the 16th Theo and I had two Chiffchaffs, including the grey one, Spotted Flycatcher, 1st w (2cy) Iceland Gull and a Whimbrel.
On the 17th all the migrants had left, although Anton had a Goldcrest in his garden. Little else to be found but the Iceland Gull with a gammy left leg was on the beach, as was a Whimbrel. There were c.60 Arctic Terns but no sign of any Little Terns. Two immature Greta Black Backs were fighting over a dead baby Rabbit after one failed to swallow it whole! Best birds were 2 Shelducks which flew off the south lake and out to sea. Hope for better luck next week!

Regards Chris

Glaucous Gull and Dark Chiffchaff

Spotted Flycatcher 


Glaucous Gull 

Glaucous Gull 

Paul Lynch et al

Hi Peter

Here is our list for the 3 days. I was with Brian Carruthers, Thomas Kavannagh and James Hayes. Gadwall was only seen by Brian and Storm Petrel by James. I had a grey wader at sea heading east on the 14th. I was thinking Phalarope species but didn't see it well enough to call. The Warbler in Antons brothers garden on the 13th is proving to be a bit of a mystery. Killian called it as Dusky based on the video footage but then changed his mind on seeing stills. It was a very brown bird and primary projection seems very short for Chiffchaff. Paul Kelly reviewed the shots as well and is also unsure.

(The 'Dusky Warbler' has since been down graded to a Chiffchaff.)

Great Northern Diver
Manx Shearwater 20 + daily
Storm-petrel  1 on 13th
Grey Heron 1 over harbour on 14th
Mute Swan
Whooper swan
Greylag Goose 2 flying west on 14th
Gadwall east lake on 13th
Tufted Duck
Red-breasted Merganser Female in the harbour on the 14th
Merlin 1 seen several times on the 13th
Ringed Plover
Ruff 1 Male on the lighthouse lake on the 13th
Black-tailed Godwit 1 on the East lake on 12th
Whimbrel 20 + daily
Great Skua 2 loafing around the east end on the 13th                      
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull 1 in the harbour daily
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern 2 west end on the 13th
Arctic Tern
Black Guillemot
Rock Dove
Stock Dove
Collared Dove
Sand Martin 1 or 2 daily
House Martin 2 in harbour on 13th
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail 1 on 12th
Redstart Female in Antons garden daily
Sedge Warbler 2 or 3 singing males
Whitethroat 1 in ewest town on 13th
Chiffchaff 3 or 4 daily
Willow Warbler 1 or 2 daily
Spotted Flycatcher 1 in Antons brothers garden on 13th
Hooded Crow
House Sparrow 1 in west town on 12th
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch Male in Antons garden on 12th, female daily
Siskin 1 in west town on 12th and 13th
Linnet Pair in east town
Reed Bunting

Regards Paul

Monday, 15 May 2017

Baltimore Oriole and Dusky Warbler

Its all happening on Tory. Dusky warbler identified from video footage and a Baltimore Oriole photographed in Antons garden yesterday. Still present today
Baltimore Oriole (Anton Meenan)

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Chris Ingram

Theo and I was on Tory 8th,9th and 10th May. Richard Smith on 8th and 9th. Robert Vaughan and Eric and Hazel Dempsey were also there and will no doubt send you their sightings.

Whooper Swan  long stayer still on east lake each day
Greylag  up to 7 on west lakes
Brent Goose  2 on south lake on 10th
Mallard  female with 7 ducklings on east lake
Great Northern Diver  12-15 off east end
White-billed Diver  1 on 9th off east
Manx Shearwater  small but steady passage each day
Heron  1 in west on 10th
Merlin female present each day
Peregrine  1 on 9th
Corncrake  probably at least 10 singing males
Golden Plover  small numbers each day
Knot  2 at south lake on 10th
Dunlin  large numbers, probably up to 250 each day
Bar-tailed Godwit  2 on east beach each day
Whimbrel  maximum of 16 on 9th
Common Sandpiper  1 on 8th and 9th
Great Skua  2 over west on 8th and singles offshore on 9th and 10th
Black-headed Gull  30+ at colony on north lake
Iceland Gull  2nd year bird still present
Arctic Tern  up to 10 each day
Collared Dove  1 present each day in east
Swift  1 in east on 10th
Chough  2 pairs
Wood Warbler  1 feeding on east beach on 9th
Chiffchaff  up to 4
Willow Warbler  1 on 9th and 10th
Sedge Warbler  3/4 birds singing
White Wagtail  up to 2 present
Linnet  1/2 each day
Reed Bunting  1 in east on 9th

Regards Chris 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

White billed Divers again....

Quite day. A northern willow and a small fall of chiffs and sedgies and two White billed Divers!

Yesterday there was a very nice Wood Warbler feeding on the beach at East .

Fantastic photo of the Wood Warbler here;

Monday, 1 May 2017

Theo and Chris 27th-28th April

Here are the sightings of Theo and I for 27th-28th April:

Whooper Swan  1 east lake on 27th
Greylag  at least 2 still
Great Northern Diver  3/4 offshore on 27th
Manx Shearwater  small passage past on 28th
Peregrine  1 on 28th
Corncrake  1 in east, 1 in west
Golden Plover  5 over west town on 27th, 21 in west and 3 over west town on 28th
Dunlin  up to 5 on beach each day
Jack Snipe  2 over bog road on 28th
Snipe  small numbers
Black-tailed Godwit  1 on east beach on 27th,  16 in west on 28th
Whimbrel  1/2 both days
Great Skua  2 offshore on 27th
Black-headed Gull  30 on north lake on 28th
Iceland Gull  1st winter bird still present
Swallow  small fall on 28th
Chiffchaff   2 on 27th
Redwing  3 on 27th
Black Redstart  1 on 27th around school
White Wagtail  up to 5 around island both days
Lapland Bunting  2 in Anton's east garden, present for a few weeks.

The Tormor is in for its annual service and the Whispering Dawn is running from Magheroarty.  It would be advisable to check sailing times as they may vary.

Regards Chris