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Old Monday 8th February 2010, 21:20   #51
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Some news from yesterday:

-Glossy Ibis still at Tacumshin, giving good views in the flooded reedbed below the East End car park. Also present were Marsh Harrier and many ducks, swans and waders.

-1 Fin Whale off Baginbun Head and possibly the Humpback as well. Strong easterly wind was making observation quite difficult and only spouts were seen. The Fin Whale was about 1Km offshore, while the other whale was about 1.5 to 2Km away (3 spouts in quick succession, not as straight as Fin). Good numbers of Gannets, Fulmars and a few Red-throated Divers present.
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A winter marsh harrier is quite a good record! Has this been around long?

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Holy shmokes!

Wexford is having a very good run at the moment!!!

Tacumshin Lake:
- Baikal Teal
- Green-winged Teal
- Long-billed Dowitcher
- Glossy Ibis
- 2 Marsh Harriers

Lady's Island Lake:
- Red-necked Grebe
- Black-throated Diver
- 2 Long-tailed Ducks

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve:
- Black Brant

Rosslare Backstrand/South Slob:
- Ruddy Shelduck

Bannow Bay:
- 2 Goosanders

Hook Head
- Humpback & 3 Fin Whales

Going to be down in The Forgotten Corner first thing tomorrow morning hoping to get this Baikal!

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Old Monday 22nd February 2010, 08:26   #56
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Hi all,

21st February: Niall T. Keogh, Noel Keogh & Eanna O'Flynn

Tacumshin Lake:
Got down to The Forgotten Corner for just after 07:30 to find the lake stuffed with birds. The weather & light were absolutely perfect too. At about 08:15 I picked up the drake Baikal Teal roughly in the middle of the lake looking towards the sluice from Stoney Point. After spending a good deal of time asleep, the flock took off and we got some nice views of it in flight and then on the deck after the bird relocated. A cracking lifer!

Apart from popping over to Lady's Island & Rostoonstown during the afternoon (where we saw absolutely nothing), we spent the day on Tackers and racked up the drake Green-winged Teal, the long-staying Glossy Ibis, a male Ruff, 18 Bewick's Swans, an adult summer Mediterranean Gull, a Buzzard, an adult male & 3 ringtail Hen Harriers, a Short-eared Owl, c.30 Little Egrets, c.80 Greylag Geese, c.200 Whooper Swans & 20 Greenland White-fronted Geese.

The Long-billed Dowitcher was seen briefly that morning by Denis O'Sullivan but despite spending a good deal of time searching for it throughout the day we failed to relocate it.

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I'll just add 2 purple sandpipers at Hook Head on Friday 19th Feb about 100m form the lighthouse round the coastal path.
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Hi, Advice required please. I am confined to a wheelchair and am a real Newbie at bird watching although I can drive my own car. I keep reading about places like Lady's Island, Tacumshin Lake and the Forgotten Corner. Can anyone tell me which are or are not suitable for the wheelchair and which are the most likely places that I will bump into experienced birders who will be happy to pass on some of their knowledge. Thank you. John
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Hi, Advice required please. I am confined to a wheelchair and am a real Newbie at bird watching although I can drive my own car. I keep reading about places like Lady's Island, Tacumshin Lake and the Forgotten Corner. Can anyone tell me which are or are not suitable for the wheelchair and which are the most likely places that I will bump into experienced birders who will be happy to pass on some of their knowledge. Thank you. John
Hi,

Unfortunately Ireland doesn't have quite the same facilities as would be available in (for example) the UK. A couple sites that may of interest:

(1) Ladies Island: Take signposted turn from main Wexford-Rosslare Road. In the village park on the grassy car park in front of the ruined castle. The islands have migrant waders and breeding terns/gulls in spring/summer. On the lake itself GC Grebe, Little Grebe, various Ducks. You can drive the dirt track around the island and scan the islands and lake.

(2) Carnsore Point: Some interesting seawatching from the car park.

(3) Tacumshin: The east end car park would not be ideal, but you should be able to get views of the East End Pond (Gadwall, Garganey, Little Gull). The west end car park is probably best for viewing the main lake.

(4) North Slob: Several accessible hides.

(5) The Raven NNR: Several good tracks. Good for Crossbills, Red Squirrel and various Seals at the Pont (4-5 Kms one way). In winter, this is a good place to see the Greenland White-fronts. The sea off White Hole has Slavonian Grebes in winter and Spring.

Eric Dempseys Where to Watch Guide would be quite helpful IMO.

Hope this helps
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Hiya,

25th April:

Churchtown:

Got the male Woodchat Shrike at 0715, showing well near the willow stand, feeding on bumblebees and beetles. Heard it singing too.

Lady's Island Lake:
Some nice Common Terns, Black-headed Gulls & Great-crested Grebes displaying at Sgarbheen where some Blackwits, a summer plumaged Greenshank, a pair of Med Gulls & 30 Whimbrel were also present.

Great Saltee
(Niall T. Keogh, Noel Keogh, Keiran Grace, Tom Shevlin, Jimmy Dowdall & Joe Adamson).

Fairly quiet, with most of yesterdays migrants apparently having moved on.
20+ phylloscs
5 Grasshopper Warblers
2 Whitethroats
3 Blackcaps
plenty of Sedge Warblers
c.50 Swallows
a few House Martins
2 Wheatears
a Starling (scarce on the island)
a Snipe
a Water Rail
2 Greylag Geese
a Merlin
Puffins, Choughs, Peregrine, all the usual seabirds etc etc.

A fantastic light phase adult Pomarine Skua flew east from the boat back to Kilmore Quay at 1145.

Tacumshin Lake:
4-5 Reed Warblers & 2 Whitethroats were singing at Lingstown. c.35 Large Red Damselflies were also present here. A male Ruff was in the Forgotten Corner. Lots of Golden Plover, Blackwits, Turnstones, some Barwits, 25 Whimbrel etc. 2 drake Garganey on the east end pond, a Swift and a singing Grasshopper Warbler at Sigginstown Island.

Churchtown/Nethertown/Carnsore:
The Woodchat had relocated to the wind farm at Nethertown but despite extensive searching around the area we failed relocate it. Plenty of Common Terns & Manx Shearwaters off Carnsore. Lots of Turnstones, Blackwits & 50 Whimbrel at Nethertown. Up to 10 Mediterranean Gulls feeding in ploughed fields around the area.

A great day out with lots of migs about & 10 year ticks. A constant passage of Swallows, House Martins & Whimbrel overhead in small numbers at all locations throughout the day.

All the best,
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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 21:40   #61
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Jeez...no-one going to post about the 4 (or 5? or 6?) Red-footed Falcons at Tacumshin this last three days? Or the three Hobbies that came with them? Whassamaddawidyouguys...you all actually out there birding instead of sitting in front of a computer?
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Old Sunday 30th May 2010, 19:32   #62
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@Sancho: here ya go

Friday 28/05 - Tacumshin
Arrived relatively early at the East End car park hoping that the reported Hobbys and Red-footed Falcons were still present. It was still relatively overcast and quick scan of the skies did not reveal any hunting Falco species. Trudged through the muddy channel (waders are a definite advantage) to the East End Pool. A nice selection of ducks were present, including a female Gadwall with 9 ducklings and a late adult male Wigeon. Neither the Glossy Ibis or the Forster's Tern showed themselves though. A Reed Warbler sang briefly from the (what else) reed bed fringing the Pool. A Green-veined White and an unidentified Caterpillar added some non-avian interest.

Walking on towards the Patches, a small falcon dashed over - "only" a Kestrel though. However, this was quickly followed by the real deal when a Hobby flew over, catching dragonflies. It stayed over Sigginstown Island for a few minutes before flying off westwards. A very nice and long-overdue Irish tick! The Patches themselves were relatively quiet, with only c50 summer-plumaged Dunlins, Black-tailed Godwit (100), Greenshank (1), Grey Plover (1) and a few Ringed Plovers present. Walked back to the East End car park and headed over to the Lingstown end of Tacumshin.

Consisting of a very large reedbed, the Lingstown end of Tacumshin is always interesting. Water Rails are common and a few Reed Warblers can usually be heard in summer. Arriving at the site, a small "falcon" flying over revealed itself as a Cuckoo, while a Wheatear sat on a gate post. A scan of the skies did not reveal any flying raptors - though the clouds were gradually lifting and the temperature increased noticeably. Noticed two very distant raptors perched on gorse, which looked interesting. Headed out towards them through the reedbeds (water far too deep for wellies) towards the White Hole. Azure Damselflies were abundant, with a few Large Red Damselflies and Migrant Hawkers also present. A quick scan from an embankment in the marsh revealed that the two raptors were now actively hunting over the gorse, though still too distant to identify. After a long wait one of them finally drifted closer, eventually revealing itself as an adult female Red-footed Falcon. Showed very well, catching dragonflies overhead and was soon joined by a sub-adult male and another female, as well as several Hobbys.

Total of 53 species in 4 hours of birding.
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Jeez...no-one going to post about the 4 (or 5? or 6?) Red-footed Falcons at Tacumshin this last three days? Or the three Hobbies that came with them? Whassamaddawidyouguys...you all actually out there birding instead of sitting in front of a computer?
Hi Sancho,

Its hard to know whats happening as so many falcons are booting around the area, but I have tried my best to tally them with the aid of several other birders.

On Thursday the tally was 3 birds, 2 males and a female, all first summer birds. And minimum 6 Hobby.

On Friday myself and Sean Ronayne arrived on site early and began scanning for falcons from the car park at lingstown. 2 redfoots (male and female) and 4 hobby were present from here, but distant.

We then moved around to the white hole area and had 3 Redfooted falcons over the small reedbed here, 2 males and a female.

Whilst other birders were watching this female on a post I found 2 other females circling over lingstown.

Subsequently, after we left this area, others had 3 males over the small reedbed and then another birder had 4 males at a later juncture.

Myself and Sean checked the south slob, where I found 3 small falcons hunting dragonflies over the distant channel. These were too high to ID at the time, and we failed to relocate them after driving in their direction, however 2 hobby were seen here the following day, so likely 2 of the 3 birds I had. A female Marsh harrier was also here.

We then moved back to white hole/Lingstown area where I found a Great white egret over the Lingstown reedbed moving towards the east end. (This bird was seen again on Sunday morning by Ronan Mclaughlin), whilst scanning this area I had a 1st summer male Red foot come from some distance in the Kilinick direction and head over the Reedbed.

On Saturday evening My brother had 2 males and 2 females roosting together in Lingstown.

Trying to put all this together, there are minimum 6 Red footed falcons in the Tacumshin area, (however as they are all 1st summer plumage there could be more). Hobby has not risen above confirmed 6 at Tac, however there are minimum 2 more at the South slob (possibly 3).

What a weekend for raptors!

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Was anyone checking the Cahore area over the weekend?
You would imagine this would be quite suitable hobby/redfoot habitat and may have gotten some action also?

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Hiya,

Sightings from the previous two weekends:

12th Sept 2010
Tacumshin Lake:

1 juv. Baird's Sandpiper, 7 Pectoral Sandpipers (flock of 6 + a lone juv.), 3 Lapland Buntings, 1 juv. Hen Harrier, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 35+ juv. Curlew Sandpipers, 15+ juv. Ruff, 5 juv. Little Stints, 1 Whimbrel, 1 juv. White Wagtail & 1 'brown' Garganey in the east end pool.

Hook Head:
2 male Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff & 2 Arctic Skuas (dark phase & a juv.).

Bannow Bay:
6 juv. Curlew Sandpipers in the NE corner near Wellingtonbridge.

19th Sept 2010:
Carnsore Point Seatrack Survey 0800-1100:

2 Balearic Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
10 Manx Shearwaters
5 Bonxies
2 pale phase Arctic Skuas
1 juv. Black Tern
1 Roseate Tern
4 Common Scoter
1 Red-throated Diver
1 Red-breasted Merganser
7 Whimbrel

Tacumshin Lake:
1 juv./1st winter Wilson's Phalarope, 3 juv. Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 6 Pectoral Sandpipers (flock of 5 + a lone juv.), male & female Blue-winged Teal, 5 Lapland Buntings, 1 adult Scandinavian Herring Gull (argentatus), c.25 juv. Curlew Sandpipers, 7 juv. Ruff, 8 juv. Little Stints, 13 Grey Plover, 54 Greylag Geese (presumed feral), 1 juv. Hen Harrier, 1 juv. Merlin, 2 Whimbrel & 1 juv. White Wagtail.

Lady's Island Lake:
2 Glossy Ibis at the Ring Marsh corner & later at Rostoonstown. 2 juv. Black Terns in NE corner, 40 Little Egrets & 1 Merlin.

Rosslare Backstrand:
1 dark juv. Arctic Skua & 23 Light-bellied Brent Geese.

All the best,
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Irish woodlands and Forests sell off.

Irish woodlands and Forests sell off.
The Irish government is to sell its woodlands and forests to private companies. Details at www.woodlandleague.org.
Get siginig people! Anything with Bertie attached can't be in our interest.
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Bearded reedling dispersal any time soon from Tacumshin?

Lots of them about at the moment. 24 yesterday at Lingtown and 14 at Ring Marsh. I saw a flock of 8 at the East End on saturday morning, so that is 46 different birds more than likely.
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Ring Marsh

I have only recently moved to Wexford. Can anyone fill me in on where Ring Marsh is please. I know most of the other sites, but not this one. Thanks.
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It is at the south east side of Lady's Island Lake - see Eric Dempsey's book on where to watch birds in Ireland for detailed directions. You can leave Lady's Island village heading south and follow your nose to park at the south east corner of the lake. Then you have to walk back along the shoreline north to a small indented lake/marsh - generally tough going when it is wet and the water is high so not much visited I guess.
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Location detail on Hook Head birds

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Any location detail on the birds presently at Hook Head (booted, barred, rb shrike)? Fingers crossed some might still be about at the weekend.
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Any location detail on the birds presently at Hook Head (booted, barred, rb shrike)? Fingers crossed some might still be about at the weekend.
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There is a photo of the location with directions on Irish Birding. Search Booted Warbler and its with Killian Mullarney's photos on that site.

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Booted teased for the week then scarpered, little s**t!
Managed 4 sp. flycatchers (2 at church, 2 in garden with apple trees next to Lupin cottage), 1 lesser whitethroat, 1 common whitethroat, 1 female redstart all in church area, 2 ravens, 1 garden warbler (lobster pot cottage garden next to church) and tree sparrows at Slade lane.
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is this thread really dead? nobody is posting anything new on wexford birding? or simply moved somewhere else?
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I think most of the people posting here are based in other areas (Wickow, Dublin, Cork?) so don't think to post maybe? Someone will probably reply if you put something up and want some info though I should think.
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