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Old Wednesday 23rd April 2008, 20:51   #251
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Greenland Wheatear (leucorhoa) at Mutton Island Causeway this evening
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Old Thursday 24th April 2008, 12:20   #252
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Nice Photo Tom.

Just to confirm- greenland birds have a deeper rufous tinge to the breast. That is a female in the photo? Do the males also have a deeper coloured breast?

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Old Thursday 24th April 2008, 21:42   #253
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Two more to add to the County Year List

147. Grasshopper Warbler.
148. Sedge Warbler.


Both heard by John Carey and myself down in Dangan this evening.
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Old Thursday 24th April 2008, 22:31   #254
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Nice one lads on the Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler. Must spend an evening with ye in Dangan.

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I am not expert on this but there are 3 things to look out for regarding the Greenland Wheatear, Time of year (spring), intensity of the rufous buff and the size (much larger then the Northern Wheatear). It is a female and I am not sure about the male, but I think the same applies. If anyone can add anything to this it would be appreciated.

The juv American Herring Gull was at it's usual haunt at the docks and the outfall pipe at Long Walk 3 Iceland Gulls at Nimmo's Pier and an adult Glaucous Gull and single Whimbrel and 37 Brent Geese on Claddagh Beach, 2 Wheatear and a White Wagtail at Mutton Island Cause way.
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Old Friday 25th April 2008, 11:45   #255
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Re: Wheatears

Any (male) Wheatears that I've seen that were more than likely leucorhea showed a concentrated deep orangey-buff colouration on the upper breast contrasting with the white belly (comparable to a stonechat). In the nominate oenanthe the colouration on the underparts is more buff than orange and is present as a wash along the upper breast/flanks. Greenland types also show very thick conspicuous white superciliums...

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Old Friday 25th April 2008, 14:46   #256
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I'm no expert but male spring birds also often seem to show a sprinkling of cinnamon colouration on their back while the nominate never seem to show this...
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Old Sunday 27th April 2008, 22:27   #257
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Thanks to Niall and Breffni for their input on the Greenland Wheatear hope we can reciprocate sometime.

Saturday had 37 Brent on Claddagh Beach, 4 Whimbrel and two Wheatear.
At Anglingham there was 31 Whimbrel 4 Willow Warbler 4 Sedge Warbler and a Dunnock.

Today the American Herring Gull was feeding on the best of Salmon offal at the docks and the adult Glaucous Gull was at the slipway during a miserable wet day.

County List thanks to Tim Griffin
149 Chiffchaff
150 Common Tern
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Old Monday 28th April 2008, 20:23   #258
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In relation to our county list I assume we don't count White Wagtail, Greenland Wheatear ie sub-species. That theory should then be applied to the Kumlien's Gull which I counted (65). Anyone any comment on this.

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Old Monday 28th April 2008, 22:19   #259
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In relation to our county list I assume we don't count White Wagtail, Greenland Wheatear ie sub-species. That theory should then be applied to the Kumlien's Gull which I counted (65). Anyone any comment on this.

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I think that sounds fair enough.
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Old Tuesday 29th April 2008, 10:29   #260
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I think that sounds fair enough.
Sounds fair to me too Tom.

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Old Tuesday 29th April 2008, 15:20   #261
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That sounds fair enough Tom.

Still worthy of a note even if only sub-species. The tally is now 150 - what obvious species are we lacking? maybe we can concentrate a week or two of trying to track down the lost ones!

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Old Tuesday 29th April 2008, 23:17   #262
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I think there are a few notable missing from our list and the rest just have to arrive yet.
One not on the list is the Barn Owl. I have not seen one yet and I am sure someone locally who look in on this tread have seen one. Another is Chough, others like Whitethroat, House Martin and Swift etc have yet to arrive.
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Old Wednesday 30th April 2008, 09:37   #263
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I would expect someone to pick up House Martin and Swift this weekend. Pete Capsey had Swift in Roscommon yesterday.

I enjoyed your LBJ photos Tom. Here is a challenge for you from Mr, Chadwick and myself - get a shot of A Grasshopper Warbler!

Justa reminder to all concerned also- Nimmos this Saturday at the usual time......... bring a friend.

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Old Wednesday 30th April 2008, 10:06   #264
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Challenge accepted, although last year I waited for one to appear for three hours with no luck and have yet to get a photo of the Grasshopper Warbler.

Not sure if the first Saturday of May is on the cards. It is not list on the web site. The next event is Sunday 18th May, 4:00AM: National Dawn Chorus Day event at Dangan, Galway City. I will check with Tim Griffin. If not maybe we could arrange one for an alternative location as things have got quite at Nimmo's.

Although there were over 60 Sandwich Terns yesterday between Nimmo's and the Causeway. Also single Brent, Dunlin, Ringed Plover still around with 2 Iceland and an Adult Glaucous Gull 2 Great Northern Divers and a couple of Guillemot.

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Old Wednesday 30th April 2008, 10:43   #265
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Just talking to Tim Griffin and this Saturday 3rd May is the last day of the season for his Nimmo's Walk see you there.

Bittern to be release this evening Wednesday 30th May.
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The Bittern release went off without a hitch. Stunning bird. Good turn out too.
Well done to Padraig and Aonghus for their good work.
Hopefully Tom will have some decent photos
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Old Wednesday 30th April 2008, 23:32   #267
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Bittern was released today. What a stunning and beautiful bird. Well done to Padraig Reaney for the care and attention to get this bird back to full health. Also to Aonghus O'Donnaill for keeping everyone up to date with the bird's progress and notification of the release this evening.
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Old Thursday 1st May 2008, 00:50   #268
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Nice Pics Tom.
A good evening all round. Hopefully the Bittern will settle in well out there.
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A job well done

Nice shots Tom.
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Nice to have a Bittern in the County. Great Photos Tom. There are a few shady characters in that Group shot!
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Old Friday 2nd May 2008, 00:35   #271
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Few shots from Nimmo's to the Causeway this evening 1st May. There was a lot of Tern activity and about 30 + Whimbrel flying through.
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Bittern

Congratulations to Padraic & all involved in the care & release of the Bittern, what a fantastic achievment. We are fortunate to have a few pairs breed here in Suffolk, England. Next time I'm on the Corrib I'll certainly be scanning the foreshore. once again a great effort.
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News update
American Herring Gull is still at the Docks and at the slipway two Glaucous gulls and three Iceland Gulls. Tim Griffin relocated the two Surf Scoters today between Hare Island and the tip of Nimmo's Pier.

Just a reminder to all concerned - Nimmos this Saturday 10.30am at with Tim Griffin
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I went down to Bishop's Island and the callows near Clonfert last night.
I can add Whinchat to the County List from there. Saw 2 males and a female in the area. They're inexplicably scarce these days but this is a good site for them.
Also present 2 calling Cuckoos, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler,
3 Whimbrel, and the usual summer callows waders.
Good evening but unfortunately I didn't hear a Corncrake.

151, Whinchat
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Well done Tom on the Whinchat very scarce bird.

Tim Griffin has added to our total with
152 Whitethroat (Kinvara)
153 Arctic Skua (Kinvara)
154 Swift (Knocknacarra)

This evening on the bay 3 Arctic Terns with about 20 Sandwich Terns.
155 Arctic Tern

The first Saturday of the month with Tim Griffin yield a strange duck spotted by Brendan Dunne on the slipway at Nimmo's and still there this evening with Mallard who give it a hard time on and of. Looks like Heinz 57 has produced Heinz 58. Possible duck x goose hybrid. Any suggestions.

Surf Scoters were present on Saturday but were well out in the bay and then flew across the bay to Renville.

American Herring Gull was at the sewage out fall at Long Walk.

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