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Old Sunday 20th May 2012, 22:06   #251
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Male Bluethroat ~ Tory Island

An enjoyable trip to Tory Island today (20th) turned into a special day with excellent views of a male Bluethroat & one of the resident Corncrakes.

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Old Monday 21st May 2012, 21:28   #252
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Well done Richard! I saw it with Davey Hunter today about 200m east of the original site we had great views for 15 minutes and the bird sang briefly with 2 corncrake calling in the next field. Another 3-4 Corncrakes at the east end as well as Lesser Whitethroat and Black Redstart and 2 late Redwing and 25 Little Terns

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Old Monday 21st May 2012, 22:32   #253
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Thanks Peter,
Where did you get the Little Terns? We looked down near the lighthouse and saw none. We never seem to be in luck in recent years. PM me if you wish.
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Old Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 20:29   #254
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Where did you get the Little Terns? We looked down near the lighthouse and saw none. We never seem to be in luck in recent years. PM me if you wish.
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The Little Terns were on the lake shore and flying around on the way to the lighthouse on the left hand side of the road. I had about 12 birds with 8 Common Tern. Davey Hunter had 25 together later in the afternoon.

There is a photo of two Little Terns by the lake on the blog. http://toryislandbirdblog.blogspot.com/
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Old Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 21:51   #255
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Mealy Redpoll rptd from Tory on Birdguides - be nice if there's a photo.
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Old Thursday 24th May 2012, 20:51   #256
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Mealy Redpoll rptd from Tory on Birdguides - be nice if there's a photo.
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Chris Ingram and Ralph Sheppard reported the Mealy Redpoll on Tory. I dont think either of them use a camera in the field.

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Old Wednesday 30th May 2012, 13:31   #257
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Irelands first Collared Flycatcher in Donegal

I was lucky enough to be visiting tory yesterday when Irelands first Collared Flycatcher was found in West Town.

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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 09:51   #258
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I was lucky enough to be visiting tory yesterday when Irelands first Collared Flycatcher was found in West Town.

http://toryislandbirdblog.blogspot.c...lycatcher.html
Great bird and a great find...you never know what is out there. Great shots by the way on the blog!!!!
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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 15:46   #259
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I was lucky enough to be visiting tory yesterday when Irelands first Collared Flycatcher was found in West Town.

http://toryislandbirdblog.blogspot.c...lycatcher.html
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Old Monday 4th June 2012, 12:39   #260
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More Flycatchers on Tory!

3rd June, I returned to Tory with Theo Campbell and we saw 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Full trip list to follow.

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Old Tuesday 14th August 2012, 19:57   #262
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Tory Island 13th August

I was on tory yesterday and despite the easterly winds it was very quiet. The best 3 Great Skua, 1 Swift, 1 Knot and an Arctic Tern

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Little Tern Conservation Project, Baltray
The 2012 project is complete and 24 chicks have fledged this year. It was a very tough year with losses to the tides and a fox, so all considered 24 was a good outcome.
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Old Thursday 30th August 2012, 06:17   #264
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Forster's Tern

There was a Forster's Tern at Soldier's Point yesterday from about 12.30- 18.15. Presumably its the returning adult. It was communting up and down the river. About 30 Sandwich and Common Terns there also. Also 2 Common Sandpipers.

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Old Wednesday 5th September 2012, 21:04   #265
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im off to burtonport for a weeks boat fishing,but i wil be taking my camera and binoculars,any info would be great,
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Old Friday 7th September 2012, 05:34   #266
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im off to burtonport for a weeks boat fishing,but i wil be taking my camera and binoculars,any info would be great,
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There is a Snowy Owl close by on Arranmore Island and a Barred Warbler was reported there a few days ago. http://www.irishbirding.com/birds/web


I was on a quiet tory on wednesday the highlight...5 Sooty Shearwaters

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Old Wednesday 12th September 2012, 20:24   #267
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Snowy Owl still on Arranmore last Monday, though it took a couple of hours to track it down. A first-winter Lapland Bunting was a nice find, but a pale looking Redpoll gave only frustratingly brief views. One that got away I suppose.
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Old Saturday 15th September 2012, 16:51   #268
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Tory

An interesting report of an unidentified bird from one of the locals

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Old Thursday 20th September 2012, 20:52   #269
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An interesting day on Tory yesterday. The best ;6 Lapland Bunting 2 Snow Bunting 1 Jack Snipe and 6 Leach's Petrels.

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Could be even more interesting this weekend with these forecasted winds... The first few decent Sibes up on Shetland/Orkney today.
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Richard Hunter and Chris Ingram were up there today and it was dead. Chris is on till tomorrow so he might turn up something. The next few days look great, it might take a couple of days of easterlies to get the birds to Tory.

I have the first 3 weeks in October free for birding, but I have not got one spare day next week!!

I hope a few more people take the plunge and go up over the weekend. Lancy has to fall some day and we are over due another Pechora Pipit........

Best of luck to everyone over the next few weeks.

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Old Friday 21st September 2012, 22:09   #272
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Inishbofin has been quiet this week also. Anthony's been out there the whole time. No Laplands despite looking though he did have a "North-western" Redpoll.
Slyne Head gardens dead this morning, a few Willow Warblers.
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Richard Hunter and Chris Ingram were up there today and it was dead. Chris is on till tomorrow so he might turn up something. The next few days look great, it might take a couple of days of easterlies to get the birds to Tory.

I have the first 3 weeks in October free for birding, but I have not got one spare day next week!!

I hope a few more people take the plunge and go up over the weekend. Lancy has to fall some day and we are over due another Pechora Pipit........

Best of luck to everyone over the next few weeks.

Peter
Problem is, it takes something special to put birds on Tory. Every year, when birds start hitting shetland, people start dreaming for Tory. But they are only dreams. The birds rarely materialise.

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Old Friday 12th October 2012, 01:09   #274
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Blyth's Reed Warbler

An interesting week on tory. Birds constantly trickling through the pick of the bunch, what would appear to be Donegals first Blyth's Reed Warbler found by Rob Vaughan also 2 Tree Pipits Lesser Whitethroat Snow and Lapland Buntings.

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Old Sunday 10th February 2013, 09:49   #275
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2012 Tory Bird Report

Please find attached the Tory Bird Report for 2012 and the 2011 report for good measure.
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