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Favourite Birds

Posted Friday 14th August 2009 at 12:27 by Stoggler
Updated Monday 2nd November 2009 at 15:57 by Stoggler
I know as birders we're supposed to like all birds, but I have to confess to liking some species more than others. Below is a list of some of my faves, all totally subjective and my own personal choice!
  • Yellowhammer - their song reminds me of hot summer days on Lancing Clump when I was a child. There used to be lots of them there always signing away. Clearly their song stuck in my head as when I heard a recording of one years many later it immediately brought back strong memories of
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8/13/09 - North of Saddle Road, 19 Mile Area

Posted Friday 14th August 2009 at 07:34 by bkrownd
Updated Sunday 16th August 2009 at 08:47 by bkrownd
Today I continued my initial exploration of the forests North of Saddle Road, across from the lower end of (the official) Kaumana Trail near the 19 mile marker. It has been horribly hot and humid this week which has made me feel extremely exhausted and sore, so I didn't get into the forest until noon. I'm slowly penetrating into this new area, having covered a good fraction of the first two kipukas in two previous outings. (kipuka 1 bad, kipuka 2 excellent) I've never explored the main forest...
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A Morning In October

Posted Thursday 13th August 2009 at 13:39 by Francis Duggan
A beautiful Spring day around twenty degrees
The calmness is profound with just a slight breeze
The sun is not too warm seems perfect to me
And the songbirds are singing on bush hedge and tree.

The song of the magpie lark pleasant to hear
He sings all day long at this time of the year
'Tis said that birdsong is a territorial thing
And they always save their finest songs for the Spring.

A morning in mid October 'tis a beautiful...
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A Woman From Derrinagree

Posted Thursday 13th August 2009 at 13:34 by Francis Duggan
It is a far smaller cuckoo singing on the wattle tree
from the cuckoo that she once knew when she lived in Derrinagree
And his song is very different cuckoo cuckoo he never say
This bird has a high pitched whistle that he repeats through the day.

Far from North Cork and Duhallow where she lived long years ago
And the old fields green and fertile where the great Blackwater flow
Towards where it flows into the sea at Youghal it ever journeys on it's...
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Will I Ever Again

Posted Thursday 13th August 2009 at 13:21 by Francis Duggan
Will I ever again see Caherbarnagh or Gortavehy and his face of stone
Though I fancy from the foot of Clara I can see the old Paps of Shrone
That rise towards the skies of East Kerry not that distant from Rathmore Town
In Sliabh Luachra the home of traditional musicians and of legends of literary renown.

Will I ever again see Duhallow and the fields where the Blackwater flow
Back there now I might feel a stranger and few of me would even know
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