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Old Monday 26th April 2010, 11:30   #1301
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Little correction about yearlist.

154 Dotterel
155 Great Skua
156 Osprey, Clonfert, 25th April, Neal Warnock.
157 Whinchat, Clonfert, 25th April, Neal Warnock.

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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 10:56   #1302
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158 Pink-footed Goose, Inishbofin, 15th April.
159 Arctic Tern, Mannin Bay, 27th April.
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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 16:58   #1303
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I've watched a couple of small groups of cormorants today flying down along the Corrib River to the sea. Are these family groups that have already left the nest? Do they nest this early?

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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 08:17   #1304
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Aoife I think a little early although most of the Grey Herons are on the verge of fledging if not already fledged. Juvenial Coromrants will have a lot of white to breast.

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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 17:12   #1305
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160 Sedge Warbler, 10+ singing males between Mweenish and Mace Head, 29th April.
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Old Friday 30th April 2010, 07:50   #1306
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I thought it might be too early for fledging cormorants alright. I didn't see any extensive white on the birds, though from the angle I saw them at they were pretty much silhouetted.
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Old Saturday 1st May 2010, 11:49   #1307
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Had 2 White-tailed Sea Eagles from the Kerry reintroduction project yesterday at a remote location in Connemara. Amazing to think these birds were common breeders in Connemara in the distant past. Also of interest was a pair of Whooper Swans on a remote lake. Anyone seen any skuas yet?
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Old Sunday 2nd May 2010, 13:15   #1308
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County list 2010

161 Swift 29th April at Anglinham
162 Garganey 2 May at Rahasane Dermot Breen

Few pics from yesterday at the pier.
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Old Monday 3rd May 2010, 23:50   #1309
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A couple of shots of the male Garganey at Rahasane thats the 3rd tick this year . Chiffchaff at Rahasane, Ringed Plover and Whimbrel at Mutton Island Causeway.
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Old Tuesday 4th May 2010, 15:23   #1310
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Was out walking myself into the ground this morning looking for Merlin when I came across the leg of a hare on top of a hummock on the bog. It was fairly fresh, probably this mornings kill. It was in the townland of Letterfir grid ref. M 085 286 about 8km NW of Spiddal - about 4km from the Snowy Owl was last seen back on the 15th March. If anyone has the time and energy it might be worth their while to have a look.
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Old Monday 10th May 2010, 09:21   #1311
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163 House Martin, Clifden, 3rd May.
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Old Saturday 15th May 2010, 10:47   #1312
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Muckrush

Visited Muckrush with Paul Hillis on Thursday as part of his annual spring/summer search for rare breeding waterbirds. Found quite a remarkable number of 'late staying' and other birds:
Wigeon 10
Gadwall 7
Tufted 20+
Lapwing 1 (at least)
Whooper Swan 1
Shovler 4
Teal 2
Pochard 3
Bar-tailed Godwit 60 (in summer plumage)
Redshank 40
Swift 2
Mute Swan 60 (circa)

Some of these such as Lapwing, Redshank and even some of the ducks would be very possible for breeding. Well worth a visit later on.

If anyone has knowledge of scarce breeding success over the coming weeks/months you might let me know and I will pass on to Paul

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Old Saturday 15th May 2010, 13:07   #1313
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Early Migrants

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163 House Martin, Clifden, 3rd May.
Hi Dermot, Pete Capsey had House Martin in Loughrea on the 21st April.

Anyone wanting to see the earliest migrant dates reported so far can go to the migrants page on the BirdWatch Galway web site.

There is a record out there (Irishbirding) of a Cuckoo on the 7th of March. This would be really early, but not entirely unprecented looking at other Irish and British records from the past. I was thinking that Gordon D'Arcy's 9th of April was early enough. Over the last seven years (back to 2003) the first Cuckoo has been reported on the 13th, 14th (three times), 15th, 16th and 18th of April.

If anyone has any earlier dates than are on the web site, please send them. Whitethroat yet anyone? They're normally here before Dawn Chorus day.

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Old Saturday 15th May 2010, 21:30   #1314
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Got Black Red?

The Salthill Black Redstart made into January, have you counted that yet?

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Btw. this is what I have on the list.

Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Pacific Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Fulmar
Manx Shearwater
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Little Egret
Grey Heron
White Stork
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Shelduck
Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Mallard
Pintail
Shoveler
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Red Kite
White-tailed Eagle
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine
Red Grouse
Pheasant
Water Rail
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Curlew
Spotted Redshank
Redshank
Greenshank
Common Sandpiper
Turnstone
Mediterranean Gull
Black-headed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Thayers Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Kittiwake
Sandwich Tern
Forster's Tern
Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Rock Dove
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Snowy Owl
Long-eared Owl
Kingfisher
Skylark
Sand Martin
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Waxwing
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Stonechat
Wheatear
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Long-tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Treecreeper
Jay
Magpie
Chough
Jackdaw
Rook
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Crossbill
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting
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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 13:39   #1315
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No Black Redstart on it. Whitethroat at Angliham today (165 so?), I'm sure they've been here already for a week or two.

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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 22:50   #1316
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Golden Oriole found on 25.5.2010 by Anthony McGeehan. Photographed by me.
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Old Monday 31st May 2010, 08:58   #1318
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Pair of Ruff at Muckrush yesterday. Male was in moult but still sporting some nice white neck ruffs. 20+ Dunlin and 30+ Black-tailed Godwits also there. Nice bit of mud present. Definitely a spot for autumn waders if the water levels allow.
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Old Tuesday 8th June 2010, 22:36   #1319
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Find it hard to believe that I have not post in over month. Very busy working and not getting out with the camera as often as I would like.

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166 Golden Oriole Inisbofin 25.5.2010 by Anthony McGeehan.

No photos of birds this time but a few Damselflies can anyone help with the IDs in particular the Orange Damselfly.
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Damselflies

Hi Tom,

I'll have a go at the damselflies. The one on the left looks pretty good for Blue-tailed damselfly. Going right: next one looks like a female Common Blue Damselfly, next like a Common Blue Damselfly, the one on the right (and these are difficult, what with age-related colour changes) looks like an immature female Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly of the aurantiaca phase. This last is not wildly rare, but is, well, scarce in places. Where did you take the photos?

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Old Wednesday 9th June 2010, 21:11   #1321
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Thanks for the Id lesson. Was ok on first photo thanks for the confirmation but the last one Orange Damsely was not sure. Is there a site with photos of the various colour stages for the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Another ID what animal left this scat. I am assuming it is scat and not a pellet. 45mm in length.
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1. "Blueish" Fulmar, near Cleggan.
2. Bottle-nosed Dolphin, off Mace Head, 25th May. One of nine while doing tern survey.
3. Kestrel ringing (under license). Clutch of four.
4. Marbled Coronet, Connemara National Park, 22nd May. Species normally found along sea cliffs?

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Cuckloo in Inismeán today. very close encounter.

No takers on the scat ID?????
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No takers on the scat ID?????
I'd put my money on Rook pellet.

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Scat(?)

Hi Tom,

45 mm is quite large for a pellet, but it kinda looks more like a pellet than a scat to me (rounded ends with no elongated bit where it has come out of the ********). I had as close a look as I could and the stuff in it was pretty general: grass seeds, bettle elytrae and what looks like a small snail shell. It could be a pellet from a corvid. On the other hand, it is in the right size range for a piece of fox poo where the ends have been weathered off and foxy has recently got anything furry or feathery (a bit of a combination of circumstances). Sorry I can't be more definitive, but poo at third hand on a photo isn't easy. You could always send it for DNA testing....

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