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Old Saturday 1st November 2008, 05:38   #101
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Fieldfare at Inch Lake

Managed a couple of record shots of a Fieldfare
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Old Sunday 2nd November 2008, 19:46   #102
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Brent at Magheragallon

The Brent have returned to Magheragallon, Derrybeg.

Saw a group of 6 and one stragler then later this afternoon 20+

Here are 2 photos.

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Old Sunday 2nd November 2008, 22:17   #103
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Sightings at Sheskinmore Nature Reserve at Hallowe'en 2008 are in attached Microsoft Word file.

Snow bunting were highlight. 3 species of geese. Red throated diver, eider. Buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk, raven, chough.

EDIT: "red-throated" divers made short screaming calls but Collins guide says they're silent in winter. Now not so sure of identification! My excuse is I didn't have a scope!
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Old Monday 3rd November 2008, 08:21   #104
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Great spotting Stephen,

We don't get a list like that at Derrybeg!

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Old Monday 3rd November 2008, 09:12   #105
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A weekend in Donegal produced some interesting sightings.

31 Pinkfooted Geese and 3 Greenland Whitefronts in fields at Bridgend near Inch Lake.

At Inch Lake 5 Ruff, 1 Twite, 500 Golden Plover, 2Black Swan plus the usual assortment of ducks etc.

1 Barnacle, 1 Pinkfoot and 785 Greenland Whitefronts at Big Isle near Letterkenny.

1 Eclipse male Ring Necked Duck at Lough Fern, probably the bird seen earlier at Inch Lake.

Killybegs. 1 1stwinter Iceland Gull and a 1st winter Glaucous x Herring hybrid.

Mervagh beach 1 male Velvet Scoter, 598 Common Scoter and 2 Long Tailed Duck.

Furnesh Lake, Rossknowlagh immature Long Tailed Duck

Rossknowlagh Bay.145 Common Scoter, 15 Great Northern and 25 Red Throated Divers.

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Old Monday 3rd November 2008, 10:44   #106
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Hi Stephen,

I also heard Red-throated Divers calling recently, off Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
Probably just a bit of post-breeding behaviour of some sort.

They'll start getting more vocal in late winter/early spring before they head off to breed again.

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Old Monday 3rd November 2008, 11:07   #107
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Niall and Stephen,
Due to the flat calm windless day yesterday you could hear the Common Scoters constantly calling to each other at Mervagh. In a flock that size they make some noise!

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Old Monday 3rd November 2008, 14:55   #108
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Great spotting Stephen,
We don't get a list like that at Derrybeg!
Good weather definately helped. My highest tally ever at hallowe'en.

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785 Greenland Whitefronts
598 Common Scoter
Wow! Would love to see that many gwfs!

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I also heard Red-throated Divers calling recently, off Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
Probably just a bit of post-breeding behaviour of some sort.
They certainly looked most like red-throats, didn't look bulky enough to be great northern and quite a lot of white on throat and neck for black-throated. When I read that in Collins I thought I'd maybe got the scale a bit wrong cos they were out on the open water with no other birds around and like I say I'd no scope. There were also 2 large divers off Tramore on 2nd November that were most likely great northern. Anyway no more excuses!
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Old Saturday 8th November 2008, 15:35   #109
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Very frustrating weather this weekend. Not much chance of birding
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Sightings at Sheskinmore Nature Reserve at Hallowe'en 2008 are in attached Microsoft Word file.

Snow bunting were highlight. 3 species of geese. Red throated diver, eider. Buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk, raven, chough.

EDIT: "red-throated" divers made short screaming calls but Collins guide says they're silent in winter. Now not so sure of identification! My excuse is I didn't have a scope!
It was a great report,we always park at mcglincheys house and walk to
ballinreavey strand.Though it is a long walk with a scope,never seen a snow bunting before.We are dead jealous.
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Old Sunday 9th November 2008, 12:06   #111
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we always park at mcglincheys house and walk to
ballinreavey strand.Though it is a long walk with a scope,never seen a snow bunting before.
Only one previous snow bunting record for me, a single bird on ballinreavy strand at hallowe'en 2004.
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Inch Lake

Took a wintery walk to Inch Lake this afternoon. Initially not much to see but after a halstorm and a clap of thunder large numbers of Canada Geese, Whoopers and Greylag flew in. As I was testing out a new camera lens I got some photos of the action. Excuse picture quality as the light was very poor.

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Inch Lake Sunday 16th

Not huge numbers of birds at the lake today. Whoopers, Greylag, Pink foot?, Teal, Mallard, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Lapwing.

Today's treat was distant views of an Otter fishing. I managed a few photos but they need a bit of treatment due to the distance and less than perfect light.

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Inch Lake Sunday 16th

Otter, distant photo not great quality.
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Otter, distant photo not great quality.
Always good to see an otter. All your photos are great.
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Otter, distant photo not great quality.
It is a good shot,not the most helpful of creatures for the photographer!.
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Thanks Adrian,
Th Otters at Inch Lake seem fairly regular so I'm hopeful of a few photos over the Christmas break. Bought a paparazzi lens so am hoping for some decent light and some willing subjects!

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Old Saturday 29th November 2008, 20:01   #118
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Christmas Theme

Was out for a walk this morning at Inch Lake. Spent the short time I had there in the good company of Inishowen Wildlife Club members and taking a few photos in the super light conditions.

Here is one on the Christmas theme.
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Old Sunday 30th November 2008, 16:43   #119
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More photos from Inch

A couple of photos taken this weekend at Inch Lake, Co. Donegal
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At Mountcharles on Saturday there was one BT Diver as well as 11 LT Duck ten of which were males. Probably around 20 GNDiver but numbers of divers in general were well down on my last two visits. Seamus counted 1400 Common Scoters off Mervagh which was certainly the most i have ever seen off there.
There was a nice flock of 400 Barnacles near Kilcar about five miles west of Killybegs. At Killybegs there was three Iceland and 3 Glaucous Gulls plus the usual assortment of hybrids and odd looking gulls!

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Christmas walk at Inch Lake

Had a very pleasant walk at Inch Lake yesterday with my three kids. The highlight of the birding bit was distant views of a Smew and two Black Swans. I don't recall ever seeing a Smew at Inch before. Has anyone else seen Smew ther recently?

Our list for the lunchtime walk was:

Blackbird
Greyback Crow
Whooper Swan
Tufted Duck
Mallard
Teal
Moorhen
Grey Heron
Blue Tit
Wren
Long Tailed Tit
Chaffinch
Robin
Wigeon
Goldeneye
Red Breasted Merganser
Smew
Black Swan
Mute Swan
Lapwing

Happy Christmas to everyone.

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Old Tuesday 23rd December 2008, 11:55   #122
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Hi Richard

There were two redheads at Inch last winter. Blanket Nook used to be one of the best spots in Ireland for them. Up to nine were there from January to March 1999.

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New Year in Derrybeg

Spent a few days from 28th to 1st in Derrybeg. Weather freezing cold with blue skies and frozen sand on the beaches. The highlights of the birding were:

Flock of Wimbrel at Magheragallon
A few resident Chough at Magheragallon
A flock of Snow Bunting at Magheroarty on 30th December
30-40 Brent at Ballyness Bay nr Magheroarty
Stonechat at Magheroarty
Kestrel at Bloody Foreland
Kestrel or possibly Sparrowhawk at Magheragallon flying with prey, being harassed by a gull.

Happy New Year,

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Apologies, the"longbeaks" were young Curlew not Whimbrel as I originally thought. Still, nice to see them at close quarters feeding in the neighbor's garden.

Has anyone been out birding in Donegal recently? The weather has been pretty rotten. Winds up to 90mph in Gweedore on Saturday night.
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Sunday 25th, Magheragallon, Derrybeg

20+ Brent
7 Cormorant
2 Oystercatcher
2 Curlew

Atrocious conditions, snow and rain.
Roll on the Spring please!

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