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Old Monday 16th June 2008, 12:05   #51
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Thanks for your report David, keep up the good work. Donegal is a brilliant but very under reported area. If we can encourage more people to contribute regularly it will be great.

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Old Wednesday 25th June 2008, 19:15   #52
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Owls

I'm particularly interested in seeing if any owls are about in West Donegal this summer. I would be grateful if anyone knows of any.

If you want to contact me directly, my email is [email protected]

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Old Thursday 26th June 2008, 13:49   #53
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I am pretty new to this game but happened upon this site a few weeks ago and thought that maybe a couple of comments from the far west of Donegal may be of interest. Occassionally I am out and about around Tramore/Dawros/Sheskinmore area and while not specifically watching I do take bins with me from time to time.
So my latest notes would involve a number of meadow pipits and skylarks in the nature reserve area with wagtails and other small birds including stonechats around the general area.
On the beach there are still a few ringed plover about though not as many as in April together with a few sanderling, common gulls and 4 dunlin last weekend.
The ravens nesting at the end of the beach are now gone.
Perhaps the best sight was 4 choughs. I had heard that these were in the area but had never seen them before. They came to rest about 20 metres from where I was sitting so had a good view.
I didn't get over to the nearby lake so I am sure there are more birds around. I will try to take the observation more seriously from now on.
For those posting on this site please keep up the good work as I am sure there are a number of us out there who continue to find the reports interesting.
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yes,i agree,i get to ardara a couple of times a year and visit sheskinmore.
So keep on posting.!!
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Old Thursday 26th June 2008, 21:21   #54
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It will be interesting to see what turns up in th Ardara/Sheskinmore area. If you get a chance Malinmore & Malinbeg is supposed to be very good for migratory birds in the autumn. I don't tend to get that far down as we are based in the Gweedore area.

Sea watching is starting to get good. I was over in Northumbria and Southern Scotland birding last weekend. The ferry crossing was really good. Great Skua, Arctic Skua, large numbers of Manx Shearwater, Harbour Porpoise and a whale.

Try Bloody Foreland, Aranmore Island, Horn Head and Melmore Head

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Old Sunday 29th June 2008, 22:02   #55
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Had not been in Gweedore for a couple of weeks. Returned today to find a complete House Martins nest at the apex of the gable wall. No sign of the inhabitants, but it was really stormy. Not a lot of birdlife to see, a few Wheatears and Meadow Pipits and a flock of Oystercatchers on the beach. No sign of any Terns today, but with a force 6-7 gale blowing hard, conditions were far from ideal.

Hopefully it improves next weekend.

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Old Tuesday 8th July 2008, 18:24   #56
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Hare Today

Not a lot in the way of birds at the moment. Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, Arctic Tern, House Martins, Swallows. The House Martins have completed their nest and are flying in and out of the nest all day. The highlight of the weekend was a hare feeding on the long grass. I've included a couple of pictures. Bit far away but ok.

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Went out looking for Grouse not far from Glenveagh. Got out of car and had a Grasshopper Warbler singing in bush but couldnt see it. Walked for about four miles and saw no grouse but came on tiny hill loch with two young Red Throated Divers.
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The RTDiver breeding record is great! They're just about hanging in.

Make sure you get that record off to the NPWS staff with a grid ref. for the loch if you have it.

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Old Friday 11th July 2008, 18:44   #59
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Well done with the Red Throated Divers. I knew they bred up in the Derryveigh hills, but have never managed to see them.

There are supposed to be Ring Ouzels in the Glenveigh Park but I've never seen one yet.

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Old Saturday 19th July 2008, 15:10   #60
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Rough Ride to Tory

Went to Tory on Tuesday 15th. Very windy with rough seas. Waves 15-20ft high. Saw Storm Petrels, Puffin, Razorbill, Manx Shearwater and a dark morph Arctic Skua between views of vomiting humans on the ferry.

Nothing much of note on the island, Corncrakes silent.

At Magheragallon, Ringed Plover, Chough, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Arctic Tern.

Poor weather for sea watching latter half of the week.

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Old Sunday 27th July 2008, 21:47   #61
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Heard lots of chirping in my hedge at Derrybeg. Turned out to be 6-7 Linnet. Reluctant to show themselves at first, then flew out and perched on the electricity lines. Quite a few Meadow Pipit but very few Wheatear now. The House Martins are still toing and frowing to their mud nest. Found two halves of an egg shell below the nest.

Not a lot of bird activity in the countryside.

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Old Tuesday 29th July 2008, 14:33   #62
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Just a quick note on things out by Rossbeg.
As noted in a number of other posts things seem to be quiet.
There were the usual collection of meadow pipits around the nature reserve with the occassional skylark and (from what I could see) stonechat.
The were a number of choughs spiralling around rocks but little sight of any gulls at all.
Sheskinmore lake itself was disappointing with only a couple of mute swans. There were however swallows feeding all over the surface.
The beach produced a few ringed plover and pied wagtails but little else.
A little bit more life around the estuary with a few shags flying around, the odd individual black guilimot and a number of loud terns diving into the water and feeding. (no idea what type of tern).
There were also a number of small brown birds around the rocks which might be rock pipits!! Would this be right?
I'm sure there must be other life about but I'm not observant enough to record anything at present.
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A little bit more life around the estuary with a few shags flying around, the odd individual black guilimot and a number of loud terns diving into the water and feeding. (no idea what type of tern).
There were also a number of small brown birds around the rocks which might be rock pipits!! Would this be right?
I'm sure there must be other life about but I'm not observant enough to record anything at present.
There's common, arctic and sandwich terns at the estuary but the first two especially are very hard to tell apart unless you get a good close up view.

The other birds could indeed be rock pipits, they're quite common. I found a nest at the far side of Tramore Beach a few years ago.

From the second week in August there's usually a female hen harrier back over the Sheskinmore reserve so keep eyes peeled.

I'm heading up to the caravan for a weekend soon so will post anything I see.
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Old Wednesday 30th July 2008, 20:13   #64
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Chris, the terns you are seeing are probably Arctic or Sandwich. I must take a trip to Sheskinmore. The Hen Harrier would make my day. Things are very quiet in Derrybeg at present. Even the Skylarks have gone silent.

Keep up the reports, there is so little reported on Donegal.

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Rosbeg again. Just a brief walk along the shore this time but there seemed to be more birds about. Not a lot of different species just larger numbers.
A good flock of oystercatchers at the estuary mouth and 50+ ringed plover on the main beach. Also a couple of turnstone on the rocks the first time I've seem them here
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Thats promising Chris, not a lot up at Gweedore at present. We went for a good walk along the coast and saw only a few gulls and 2 Ravens. At the house there are large flocks of Starlings and some House Martins and Swallows. Also Linnet and Meadow Pipit.

Things should change shortly though.

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Rosbeg again. Just a brief walk along the shore this time but there seemed to be more birds about. Not a lot of different species just larger numbers.
A good flock of oystercatchers at the estuary mouth and 50+ ringed plover on the main beach. Also a couple of turnstone on the rocks the first time I've seem them here
The ringed plover breed on Tramore Beach, so some of them were probably juveniles. Forgot about the turnstones, keep an eye out their numbers will probably build up throughout the month.

Think I'll get up before the end of August or maybe a weekend in September when the caravan site quietens down a bit.
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Sad day for House Martins

I made a grim discovery at the weekend. The House Martin nest had fallen killing three almost fully fledged chicks. The mud nest must not have been strong enough for their weight. Next year I'll try and fit an artificial nest if possible.

Birding still on the quiet side at Derrybeg. Saw a few Oystercatchers on the grass. Lots of Starlings and a couple of Ravens but not a lot else.

Must try a bit of sea watching at Bloody Foreland or another trip to Tory.

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sheskinmore

Had a damp 2 hour walk around the sheskinmore- ballinreavy strand area on
saturday last.Species seen were:
Snipe,stonechat,raven,curlew,kestrel,lapwing,meado w pipit,mute swan,
mallard,dunlin,lesser black backed gull,ringed plover,sanderling,cormorant.
Gannets could be glimpsed out at sea,and along the river otter footprints
were numerous.We will be back just as soon as summer arrives!!!!
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Derrybeg

Spent a week at Derrybeg, very uneventful as far as birding goes. Did a day trip to Tory on thursday 21st, saw reasonable numbers of Gannets, a few Manx Shearwater. On the island things were very quiet, a few Lapwing and Wheatear.

Back at Derrybeg things were very quiet too. A few Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Swallows, Housemartins and various gulls. Saw a few Chough in the distance.

Saw Otter footprints at Magheroarty beach on friday.

Looking forward to the impending autumn for a few new feathered faces!

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A visit to Tory Saturday and Sunday morning produced 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 2 Sanderling, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Sanderling, 100+ Ringed Plover, 50+ Snipe. Also good numbers of Tree Sparrows.
The ferry over on Saturday produced 1 Sooty Shearwater and a dark phase Arctic Skua.

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Once again i visited Tory Island at the weekend. Migrants were thin on the ground again with Whitethroat, Wheatears and 2 Willow Warblers the only passerines of note. A couple of Peregrines were hunting near the Lighthouse.Great Skuas were seen on both sea crossings.
Also had a look at Derrybeg and Kadreuw Strand but very few waders were present.

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Once again i visited Tory Island at the weekend. Migrants were thin on the ground again with Whitethroat, Wheatears and 2 Willow Warblers the only passerines of note. A couple of Peregrines were hunting near the Lighthouse.Great Skuas were seen on both sea crossings.
Also had a look at Derrybeg and Kadreuw Strand but very few waders were present.

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Thanks for the updates Derek...all your efforts will eventually pay off.
Its good to hear about negative news as well..at least I know where not to go at the weekends...
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Maybe things will liven up later in the month. Keep up the good work Derek.

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Maybe things will liven up later in the month. Keep up the good work Derek.

Richard

I see Two-barred Crossbills are still being found on Fair Isle....


http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/latest.htm
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