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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Big Twite flock at Kilshannig

It's been quite a few years since a comparable flock of Twite has been seen in Kerry. Today, at Kilshannig, going by close examination of the photo below, there were at least 24, possibly 27 or so, along with a few Linnets.

Flock of at least 24 Twite, with around six Linnets, Kilshannig, 20th January 2018 (Kilian Kelly).

There were 25 Twite seen at the Cashen Estuary in November 2010, but only single figure counts in Kerry since then.

Twite, Kilshannig, 20th January 2018 (Kilian Kelly).

Twite, Kilshannig, 20th January 2018 (Kilian Kelly).

Friday, 19 January 2018

A San Francisco New Year

For a firmly tongue-in-cheek account of a recent birding trip to the West Coast of the USA, click HERE. Go on, have a look. You know you want to...

Bufflehead. San Francisco. Maybe some day in Kerry?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Another Glaucous Gull, Black Rock

Adult Glaucous Gull, Black Rock, 17th January 2018 (David O'Connor).

Two more 'northern gulls' were also present at Black Rock, two first-winter Iceland Gulls.

Glaucous Gull hybrid

Each winter throws up a good auld hybrid gull or two, just to keep us on our collective toes. "Throws up' is a good phrase for them. Never pretty.

This one seems to be largely Glaucous Gull in nature, with particularly the relevant head proportions of a small eye set high and back in the head, and the hefty build, but also mixed in with some other genes, most likely, Herring Gull. The dark tail and wingtip markings are really a bit too heavy for even the darkest of Glaucous Gulls.

 Glaucous Gull hybrid,  Reenard Pier, 9th January 2018 (Pat McDaid).

 Glaucous Gull hybrid,  Reenard Pier, 9th January 2018 (Pat McDaid).

 Glaucous Gull hybrid,  Reenard Pier, 9th January 2018 (Pat McDaid).

More Icelands

Adult Iceland Gull, Smerwick Harbour, 16th January 2018 (Kilian Kelly).

First-winter Iceland Gull, Ballydavid, 16th January 2018 (Kilian Kelly).

First-winter Iceland Gull, Ballydavid, 16th January 2018 (Kilian Kelly).

Blast of northerly gulls

With the recent gales, a few Iceland and Glaucous Gulls have been showing up. Here's a selection from Reenard over the past couple of weeks.

All photos courtesy of Pat McDaid

Gulls. Your worst nightmare, or all your Christmas's at once? For extra bonus points, pick out the Glaucous Gull. 13th January 2018.

Adult Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 31st December 2017, Reenard Pier.

Adult Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 31st December 2017, Reenard Pier.


Great Black-backed Gull, with lunch.


First-winter Glaucous Gull, Reenard Pier, 13th January 2018. 


First-winter Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 7th January 2018, Reenard Pier.

First-winter Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 7th January 2018, Reenard Pier. 

Same individual as above.

First-winter Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 7th January 2018, Reenard Pier. 

Same individual as above.

Adult Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 13th January 2018, Reenard Pier.

Adult Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 13th January 2018, Reenard Pier. 

Same individual as above.

First-winter Glaucous Gull, Reenard Pier, 13th January 2018, Reenard Pier. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Gulls in Tralee

First-winter Iceland Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 14th January 2018 (David O'Connor).

Adult Ring-billed Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 14th January 2018 (David O'Connor).

Siberian Chiffchaff, Killarney

Siberian Chiffchaff, Killarney, 13th January 2018 (Killian Mullarney).

Three Twite, Rough Point

Twite, Rough Point, 14th January 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Three birds were present.

Twite, Rough Point, 14th January 2018 (M.O'Clery).


Twite, Rough Point, 14th January 2018 (M.O'Clery).