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Old Monday 3rd August 2009, 08:14   #151
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Thanks for the info Dermot. I certainly will have a look.

Did a bit of sea watching yesterday morning at Foreland Heights.

Not a lot of unusual stuff about. Plenty of Gannets both adult and juvenile. One flight of Manx Shearwater, about 10 birds. Not much else except gulls. I would have expected more given Saturday's storm.

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Old Monday 3rd August 2009, 08:26   #152
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Hi richard,

The trick is to seawatch DURING the storm. They tend to disperse pretty quickly once the winds change the sea can become a dead zone sharpish.

On saturday at the bridges, once the winds went southerly the birds dried up instantly.

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Old Tuesday 4th August 2009, 11:07   #153
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Had a very pleasant weekend in the Dunfanaghy area this weekend. Wasn't really birdwatching but did get to see a few species once i got out and about.

On Saturday on the bay I managed to see Curlew, Black Tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Heron, Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls.

I did the Horne Head walk on Sunday and saw some of the above but the list also included Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

I also visited Ards forrest and added Robin, Wren, Song Thrush, Chifchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Mallard, Moorhen

Also saw a good number of ducks in a few lochs but couldn't see what species they were. but i presume they were mallard.
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Did a bit of sea watching at Bloody Foreland on Saturday afternoon. Despite a Force 7 gale very low bird numbers. Just a few gulls and one or two Gannets. Mageragallon today, Kestrel and a surprise find, a Stoat. The kids saw it moving along the garden.

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Old Monday 24th August 2009, 19:10   #155
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Monday 24th. Day off, went walking above the Poisoned Glen. A few Meadow Pipits and a pair of Ravens on patrol over the cliffs. No Golden Eagles on view today. On return to the car saw a Kestrel over the conifer plantation. A few Curlew on the fields at Magheragallon, Derrybeg, and a flight of Ringed Plover over the estuary. Looking forward to the autumn change now.
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Old Wednesday 2nd September 2009, 08:28   #156
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Just a quick note following a few days near Rosbeg.
There seemed to be a few more birds about at the end of August than during July so perhaps things starting to change for Autumn. One thing that struck me was the number of pied wagtails about. They seemed to be everywhere from the middle of the beach, the roads, into the towns and around the farmland and sand dunes. Is this always the case and am I just noticing this for the first time, or are there greater numbers about this year?
Generally the beach at Tramore had lots of sanderling (40+) with a few dunlin amongst them together with ringed plover (also good sized flocks) and oystercatchers. Usual array of gulls about. There were shags or cormorants (subject to proper identification) in the estuary with a number of grey heron. Wheatear, meadow pipits and usual lbj in the nature reserve. The ravens were around at the rocky end of the beach. Didn’t get down to Sheskinmore so nothing to report there. Some mallards occasionally at the back of the beach and in the low lying ponds in the reserve, especially in the late evenings. There was also a coot or moorhen in some of these areas particularly the ponds at the end of the beach. Didn’t get a good look before it disappeared into the reeds. Lots of chough about; high over the rocky areas in the nature reserve (also at the beach at Portnoo) and at the grassy areas at the end of the estuary (where the river comes out of Sheskin)
A couple of grey wagtails were also visible from the bridge over the Owentocker in the middle of Ardara.
Suppose things will start to change shortly so looking forward to next trip
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Old Wednesday 2nd September 2009, 23:37   #157
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chis34.. ref- the pied wagtails,could some of them been white wagtails,the continental version of our pieds which stop of on passage in the spring and autumn.
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I'm seeing lots of Wagtails at work in Omagh. They were making that much noise I had to take a look. Look like Pied.
Are the White ones very similar?
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2009, 20:44   #159
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Enda,
Thanks for the info.
Must say I simply took them all for the pied variety without really looking.
Will be a bit more careful in future.
Hopefully a lesson learnt.
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Old Tuesday 8th September 2009, 12:16   #160
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One thing that struck me was the number of pied wagtails about. They seemed to be everywhere from the middle of the beach, the roads, into the towns and around the farmland and sand dunes. Is this always the case and am I just noticing this for the first time, or are there greater numbers about this year? ... There were shags or cormorants (subject to proper identification) in the estuary ... Some mallards occasionally at the back of the beach and in the low lying ponds in the reserve, especially in the late evenings. ... There was also a coot or moorhen in some of these areas particularly the ponds at the end of the beach. Didn’t get a good look before it disappeared into the reeds.
There can be a lot of pied wagtails about at the end of the summer. Probably a mixture of juveniles/immatures, post-breeding birds and birds on migration? Like someone said above there's always a possibility of a white wagtail (subspecies) in with them.

Great majority of the shags/corms at the estuary are shags! The odd cormorant turns up on Sheskin. Lough.

Mallards often roost in the wee dune pools and moorhen breed on a few of them. I've only one record of coot at the reserve and that was at Sheskin. Lough.
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Old Wednesday 16th September 2009, 13:52   #161
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Nice weekend on Tory Island. Lots of migrants around Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatchers in the one garden. Highlights were one Corncrake walking out in front of me, 11 lapland buntings at times walking round your feet and one female Snowy Owl!

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Old Thursday 17th September 2009, 17:31   #162
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Well done Derek, some nice finds. Was the last Snowy Owl the one at Longfield?

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Old Friday 18th September 2009, 08:53   #163
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Hello Richard,
There was one in Donegal after the Longfield bird. Dermot seen it but i can't remember the exact location, maybe Dermot will see this?
But the Tory bird is different as its a 2nd cy female.

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Old Monday 21st September 2009, 08:57   #164
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Yes I saw a young female at in the sand dune system at Doagh, north of Maas on 12th October 2006, which was found by Marius Breen. It was the same age as the long-staying female on Bellmullet, though not the same as both were seen around the same time. The Autumn of 2006 in Donegal must have been one of the worst Autumns on record (apart from the Snowy Owl that is). Single Curlew Sandpiper and a good day count of 600 or so Great Shearwaters were the highlights of the entire season.

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Old Monday 21st September 2009, 09:39   #165
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Ya made up for it with quacks tho. Jammy swine!
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Old Tuesday 22nd September 2009, 08:46   #166
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A few pics of a Pectoral Sandpiper seen on Tory on Saturday.

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A few of a Little Stint at the same time.

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Final shots from the weekend, an obliging Willow Warbler and the Snowy!

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Nice shots..tempted to go up for a day trip. Its a toss up between Tory and the Mullet..
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Inch Lake

Went for a walk with the kids at Inch Lake this morning. New paths but the pumphouse roof is now fenced off. Good numbers of Whooper and Mute Swan. Pink Footed Geese and White Front. Good numbers of duck, but without my scope they were a bit far to distinguish. Widgeon, Tufted Duck Saw a Sparrowhawk in the hedgerows near the corn crop.

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Inch Lake 14th Nov

Excellent numbers of wildfowl on Inch Lake today. Water levels very high with recent heavy rain.
Widgeon
Shoveller
Teal
Mallard
Goldeneye
Scaup
Tufted Duck
Little Grebe
Whooper
Greylag Geese
Canada Geese
White Fronted Geese
Lapwing
Golden Plover
Goldfinch
Redpol
Buzzard
Grey Heron

Visited Blanket Nook afterwards but very dissapointing numbers of wildfowl on the lake. Low numbers, probably because water level is too high. Large flock of Whooper and Greylag in farm fields to the right above beach.

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Inch Lake 22nd Nov

A wet and windy morning at Inch Lake saw all the wildfowl huddled against the near shore for shelter. Water levels extremely high after the torrential rains during the week.

Large numbers of Coot (50+)
Teal
Widgeon
Mallard
Whooper Swan
Mute Swan
Lapwing
Little Grebe
Redshank

No sign of the Shovellers and Goldeneye seen last week.

Hoping for better weather over the Christmas break.

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Inch Lake 29th November

Went for a walk at Inch Lake this morning. Lovely winter sun. Bird numbers well down on last week.

Mute Swan 20+
Whooper Swan 10
Mallard
Goldeneye 4
Teal
Wigeon
Lapwing (100+)
Little Grebe
Grey Heron 2
Fieldfare 20+

Lots of territorial Wrens noisily defending their patch against intruders.

Water height still very high but not as full as last weekend.

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Wilson's Phalrope @ Inch

1st Cal-Yr type Wilson's Phalarope at Inch Lake, Inch Island, Lough Swilly, 09.45hrs today. . From the main hide. 10.15. Flew North, relocated on the grass spit between the hide and the car park. Found by Dave Allen. First December record for Ireland and UK as far as I can make out.

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A cold, wet and wild weekend in West Donegal. Had a brief walk 12.30 on Saturday. Saw 15 Brent on the estuary at Magheragallon. 2 Chough feeding at the edge of the golf course.
Sunday, a flock of Curlew, a single Oystercatcher and that was it. Too stormy to get any willing volunteers for a walk. Car said 6 degrees, but I think it was tyring to fool me.
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