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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Black Redstart, Bolus Head

Black Redstart, Bolus Head, 23rd May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Black Redstart, Bolus Head, 23rd May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Black Redstart, Bolus Head, 23rd May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Monday, 21 May 2018

More Crossbills, near Ballinskelligs

Crossbills, near Cools, Ballinskelligs, 19th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

At least 10 birds were present, perhaps many more. One, pictured below, has faint pale wing bars, a feature which is apparent on a small percentage of Common Crossbills.

Crossbills, near Cools, Ballinskelligs, 19th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Crossbills, near Cools, Ballinskelligs, 19th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Crossbills, near Cools, Ballinskelligs, 19th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Yellow Wagtail, Glen Pier

Yellow Wagtail, near Glen Pier, 12th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

This beautiful bird was found in a muddy bit of field which had been trampled by cattle. This is the race flavissima which breeds commonly in Britain and is the 27th record for Kerry.

The Yellow Wagtail was found on the muddy bits, just left of centre. Finian's Bay and Bolus Head are in the background, 12th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Yellow Wagtail, near Glen Pier, 12th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Yellow Wagtail, near Glen Pier, 12th May 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Wild Mind Nature Festival, Fenit, this weekend

Lots of family fun, walks and talks  this weekend in and around Fenit.

Have a look at the brochure for an amazing series of events, most of which are wildlife-related. Go along and have some fun!

Click on the pic to see the full brochure. A pop-up window will display a PDF of the brochure, which you can download.


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Glaucous Gull lesson for all the kids

There were two Glaucous Gulls at Cloghane Estuary yesterday, but one of those should be seen as a valuable life-lesson to all the kids and aspiring young birders out there.

Glaucous Gull, Cloghane Estuary, 20th April 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Because this is what happens when you repeatedly stick your head into the stomach cavity of the rotting corpse of a dead seal pup to gorge yourself on putrid flesh.

So, don't do it, kids.

Just STOP.

NOW.

Glaucous Gull, Cloghane Estuary, 20th April 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Time for the truth - Littoralis vote

Rock Pipit with kinda 'Littoralis' credentials, Rough Point, 17th April 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Here, a pinkish Rock Pipit at Rough Point today (one of three, or perhaps four in the area) or, depending on the angle of light, the quality of your camera or your ability to manipulate saturation levels in PhotoShop, a buffish Rock Pipit. In any case, a bird that would mostly fit into the category of a 'Littoralis'  or 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit. Worthy of publication in the Irish Rare Bird Report for 2018 in the official end-of-year rarity list in Irish Birds. But is it really one? Or really, what is a 'Scandinavian Rock Pipit' after all? The difference in DNA between them and our own 'ordinary' Rock Pipits are minimal. So small you could fit a sliver of Holy Communion between the two.

I'm beginning to think they are a made-up sub-species, invented by Russian hackers, the doctored photos disseminated on social media to susceptible or suggestible birders all over the internet. Cambridge Analytica have been posting Facebook ads promoting Littoralis as a full species so, if you have any sense, you should be very alarmed.

Maybe it's time to lay to rest the myth of Littoralis once and for all.

Sorta, kinda pinky-ish Rock Pipit at Rough Point today, perhaps a Littoralis Rock Pipit, or maybe an evil construct of the hacker-manipulated social media onslaught on the truth, Rough Point, 17th April 2018 (M.O'Clery). 

Are you a believer?

Let's have  a vote.

Please note: Unlike other polls, you can refresh the page, and vote again. If you feel strongly about this issue, keep on voting as often as you wish. Have a vote, and then you get to see how everyone else has voted.





Sunday, 15 April 2018

Spring races

Third year 'Argentatus' Herring Gull, TBWC, 5th April 2018 (David O'Connor).

'Psammadroma' Ringed Plover, Black Rock, 13th April 2018 (David O'Connor).

One of around six present.

'White Wagtail'Black Rock, 13th April 2018 (David O'Connor).

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Free talk at Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre and Killarney

Author Padraic Fogarty is giving two talks on his terrific new book, Whittled Away - Ireland's vanishing wildlife. The Tralee Talk is at the Tralee Bay Wetland Centre on Friday 13th April at 7.30pm, the Killarney talk is in the public library, Killarney, on Saturday 14th April at 2pm. All are welcome and the events are free.


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Green-winged Teal, Blennerville

Green-winged Teal, Blennerville, 3rd April 2018 (David O'Connor).

Quite possibly the same bird that was at Blennerville in December and early January, though there were no sightings in recent weeks.

Green-winged Teal, Blennerville, 3rd April 2018 (David O'Connor).

Green-winged Teal, Blennerville, 3rd April 2018 (David O'Connor).