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Old Sunday 9th August 2009, 08:22   #26
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Looks like you left a little early paul!

Friday saw an Adult bairds turn up at Tac.
The marsh harrier, 2 little gulls (a first and second summer) and a juvenile med gull were also present.

A summer adult little stint was at rosslare with about a thousand smalls.

Saturday once again saw the adult bairds giving amazing views at the sluice.
2 summer adult curlew sandpipers were also present.
A lesser golden plover flying over the east end car park sounded better for AGP than PGP.
One other birder saw the individual and reckons the toes definitely dont project beyond the tail.

Likely the same bird hanging around a week now.

The Cull had literally thousands of smalls present but sadly nothing amongst them despite hours of searching..there was only a hundred dunlin at Tac....theres no justice in the world.

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Old Sunday 9th August 2009, 20:21   #27
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I had 2 hours before picking up the family and started at the East End. Could see the only place for waders was the walk along the lake shore to the patches, but just didn't have the time...
It is the curse of the family/birder conflict, and having the daily info site to mock me when I got home to Dublin was an extra treat.
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8 glossy ibis were at the forgotten corner of tacumshin yesterday. With a juv spotted sandpiper at nethertown.

A probable tawny pipit was seen and heard over the end of the sub alp lane on carnsore.

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8 glossy ibis were at the forgotten corner of tacumshin yesterday. With a juv spotted sandpiper at nethertown.

A probable tawny pipit was seen and heard over the end of the sub alp lane on carnsore.

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Nice selection there...I am hoping to get down on Thursday to spend the day in wexford. I hear its a bit watery at Tacumshin...will wellies do or do I need waders?
Easterlies forcast on thursday and friday so if Tac is a wash out I might spend some time at carnsore..we are due a fall of passerines..
Is the sub alp lane marked in Erics book?
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Hi peter,

Tac needs waders. Hell a canoe would be better suited. Best chance is to go out
through lingstown.

The sub alp lane is the last left turn before you hit the south east corner of ladies island. At the very end of it are 2 pools just before the dunes. This is were the pipit went over.

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Thanks for that . I dont have waders so thats out. I have about 10 hours so will give carnsore a good look round.
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Day trip

I had a reasonable day on thursday. I got to Nethertown at half seven. Only a little over 3 hours from Ardee,not bad...I met Pat King here and we set about looking for one of the 2 Citrine Wagtails that had been seen on the 8th and 9th. Despite giving it 4 hours neither bird showed. Several hundred Swallows and Martins were flying around.There were about 20 White Wagtails on the beach and a couple of Wheatear. There had been 50 alba wags the day before so there was a bit of a clear out.It was my first trip here and was impressed with the cover and searchability of Churchtown. There were quite a few migrants around. 5 Sedge Warbler at the pool beside the path about 8 each Willow/chiffers and 6 Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher. I had a very breif view of what I put down as a Grasshopper Warbler in one of the fields beside the track. Even having spent 4 hours I felt I did not do the area justice...you could easily spend the entire day here...The best at Carnsore were a white wag a wheatear and a couple of Whitethroat. I skipped Ladys Island and went on to Tacumshin. I could just make out 2 Marsh Harrier at the far end of the lake. I met Paul Archer here and we ventured out across the channel (just about doable in wellies) The numbers of waders on the far side were poor with no smalls 3 ruff and a couple of Redshank enjoying the sun but missing the mud! A plover flew low in front of us and landed behind some long grass. It was difficult to make out what it was but then it popped out and and showed itself to be a nice juv Buff-breasted Sandpipier.Worth pulling on the wellies after all.
A worthwhile trip I will be back...............
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Wexford weekend 26/27 Sept

Hi
Managed 3 hours at Tacumshin round the east end and up the shore a bit towards the forgotten corner on saturday morning, and a couple of hours at Hook head on Sunday morning.
Tacumshin was a treat, worth it just to take in the scene and listen to the ducks and swans moving about. Thousands of house martins and swallows too. Loads of birders about this time- some not terribly quiet either, though noise travelled easily over the water probably...
Managed to see the glossy ibis as it moved from the Forgotten Corner to the East End. Missed out on b.b. sand and pec. sand but 3 curlew sand, 2 juv. ruff and lots of dunlin. First year hen harrier flushing curlew on the cut fields beyond the east end and 2 white wags with pied wags near the channel.
At Hook Head there was again lots of swallows and house martins near Slade Harbour. Most of the martins were over the sea and most swallows over the fields, oddly enough. There was 100+ skylarks in a newly cut field on the walk from Slade to the lighthouse. Lots of meadow pipets, goldfinches and linnets plus one female wheatear.
Must make a day of it at Tacumshin next time - you hardly get started in 2-3 hours.
Nearly forgot - a spotted redshank at the Fethard On Sea inlet mouth plus 4 moulting sandwich terns.
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Howiya,

27th Sept:

Great Saltee: [09:30-12:30, Jimmy Dowdall, Kieran Grace, Niall T. Keogh, Noel Keogh, Tom Shevlin, Alyn Walsh & Denis Weir]

1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Whitethroat
1 Sedge Warbler
c.50 Chiffchaffs
2 Willow Warblers
1 female Blackcap
2 Goldcrest
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Whinchat
1 Wheatear
c.500 Meadow Pipits
c.100 Linnets
4 Siskin
c.400 House Martins
c.150 Swallows
2 Sand Martins
3 Song Thrush
2 Snipe
2 Whimbrel

Tacumshin Lake:
The 1cy Glossy Ibis was showing well, although moving regularly between the east end & the Forgotten Corner due to disturbance from aircraft, quads & a Peregrine. Five 1cy Curlew Sandpipers, one 1cy Little Stint, three 1cy Ruff, 25+ Little Egrets, 3 "brown" Garganey, 4 Buzzards, a sub-adult male Marsh Harrier, an adult & 1cy Peregrine, Kestrel, a White Wagtail, a Stock Dove & a Water Rail were also seen.

North Slob:
An early Scaup with the Tufted Ducks & a large flock of Black-tailed Godwits from the Pat Walsh hide were the only birds of note.

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Glossy Ibis still showing at eastend of Tacumshin today , mixing with BH Gulls , there up to 4pm , also Marsh Harrier x 2 and Buzzard over forgotten corner , 4 x white wagtails + 2 Wheatear also at eastend , a few skylarks also. Tac.
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Howiya,

4th October:

Tacumshin Lake (0815-1500)
Managed to find myself a nice 1st cal-yr/eclipse male Blue-winged Teal in the Forgotten Corner at 0850 this morning. It later moved out further onto the lake and was hanging around with the Wigeon/Shoveler flock up until 1100 when I last saw it.

At 1240 my father (Noel Keogh) found a 1st cal-yr Buff-breasted Sandpiper out on The Patches. It was quite distant, wary & associating with 2 Ruff & a Curlew Sandpiper. All the waders & duck were quite flighty today and it eventually broke away from this small flock and remained by itself on The Patches whilst everything else milled around.

An eclipse male Falcated Duck was also with the Wigeon out from Stoney Point. This is probably the same bird that was present last winter which had a nasty orange ring on it's leg (although I didn't see any legs on the bird today maybe it didn't have any!!! )...by the way, the green highlight is ment to represent the colour of what spewed out my mouth after I saw this bird! Probably the most offensive duck I have ever seen!!! looks a lot like this http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictu...2&r=1&st=1&q=0 ....check out the comment on it as well!

The 1st cal-yr Glossy Ibis was again moving frequently between the east end & the Forgotten Corner all day whilst other sightings included: six 1st cal-yr Curlew Sandpipers, two 1st cal-yr Little Stints, three 1st cal-yr Ruff, one 1st cal-yr Spotted Redshank, one adult Mediterranean Gull, one adult Pale-bellied Brent Goose, one ringtail Hen Harrier, an adult & 1st cal-yr Peregrine, two Sparrowhawks, 2-3 Kestrels & a Water Rail.

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Howiya,

11th October:

Churchtown (0815-1030)
Noticeable viz-mig of Swallows, House Martins & Skylarks overhead. 4 Chiffchaffs & 2 Goldcrests were the best of the flits in the graveyard/gardens/willows. Big flocks of Goldfinches & Linnets in the stubble fields being harried by a Merlin & a Sparrowhawk. Offshore, flocks of Gannets were busy fishing, attracting in 2 Manx Shearwaters. Plenty of Sandwich Terns on the move as well as a pale phase adult Arctic Skua heading south. Lots of Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails & a few Rock Pipits were foraging in the seaweed along the coast whilst plenty of Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstones & Oystercatchers were day-roosting on the secluded beach between here & Carne...A very enjoyable morning walk!

Nethertown
A single Whimbrel resting on the rocks & a Painted Lady were the only sightings of note here.

Carnsore Point
A nice feeding flock of Gannets, Sandwich Terns, Kittiwakes & other gulls was just offshore. 2 Common Terns & a pale phase sub-adult Arctic Skua were also in amongst these. A Kestrel flew over the car park here.

Tacumshin Lake
The regular 1cy Glossy Ibis was still present & actively feeding on aquatic snails in the east end channel in front of The High Car Park from 1240-1430. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was with the day-roosting gulls at the east end and later joined a feeding flock in the fields behind the east end pond. Other sightings on the lake included, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull, a 1cy Curlew Sandpiper, two 2cy Ruff, 10 Whooper Swans, a Merlin, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Peregrine & the escaped drake Falcated Duck still with the Wigeon flock out from Stoney Point. 2 male Migrant Hawkers were seen at The High Car Park. A Buzzard was seen over the cross-roads just out of Tacumshin before Broadway.

North Slob (Wexford Wildfowl Reserve)
A large flock of Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Ruff & 2 Scaup were out from the Pat Walsh Hide. A Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Migrant Hawkers and a Common Darter were at the PWHide car park.

South Slob
7 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a ringtail Hen Harrier & plenty of Great-crested Grebes offshore were the only sightings of note here.


Small numbers of Red Admirals were seen at all of the above sites throughout the day.

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18th October:

Churchtown (0810-1050)
Not much in the way of viz-mig compared to last week. No Chiffchaffs were seen and there was a noticeable decrease in the number of hirundines & finches overhead as well as fewer Blackbirds bombing around the place! Nice views of two Buzzards flying low around the stubble fields. A male Sparrowhawk and a female/imm. type Merlin are still chasing the finch flocks (Linnets/Goldfinches), three Tree Sparrows are still hanging in around the cottages, a Kestrel hunting, one female Yellowhammer flying through, 100 Swallows migrating SE, 2 Goldcrests and one Red Admiral also. On the coast out by Churchtown pool a 1cy male Black Redstart was flitting around the rocks looking like it had just arrived, later flying inland and pitching in at Miller's garden. Two Wheatears, a Whimbrel and a 1cy Mediterranean Gull were also seen out here.

Lady's Island Lake
A drake Scaup, 12 Pochard & 115 feral Greylag Geese were at Sgarbheen.

Tacumshin Lake
Great visibility & huge numbers of duck but nothing unusual picked out amongst them unfortunately. Plenty of gulls in the Forgotten Corner including four Mediterranean Gulls [adult, 2cy & two 1cy] and an adult presumed intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull. The 1cy Glossy Ibis is STILL in the east end channel out from the High Car Park whilst the only other sightings of note include a single Spotted Redshank, an adult Pale-bellied Brent Goose, a female/imm. type Merlin, two Kestrels & a ringtail Hen Harrier. Got great views of an Otter fishing out from Stoney Point for about half an hour then later heading in towards the Forgotten Corner carrying a huge eel!!

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (North Slob)
Four Scaup, the first of the Goldeneye, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and a Chiffchaff were at the Pat Walsh Hide. c.100 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 10 Whooper Swans, a Greenshank and an Irish Hare were seen from the tower and c.120 Red-breasted Mergansers were in Wexford Harbour from here also.

All the best,
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The Duck of Death & Tickety Tick!!!

Hiya,

What was presumably the same Blue-winged Teal that myself & the 'oul fella found at Tac on 4th Oct ended up in the hunters' bag after a shoot on the North Slob on Saturday. Pics taken by Dave Daly confirm that it is indeed a 1cy drake.

26th October:

Carne/Churchtown (07:30-13:00)

News of a 1cy Red-breasted Flycatcher found by Tom Shevlin at Carne beach the day before had us there for first light this morning. Soon after arrival, there it was flitting in amongst the sycamores giving excellent views at times sitting out in the open & calling frequently. It was quite mobile often getting a bit of grief from the local Robins. It was seen throughout the day by a number of people. A long awaited tick for myself & Noel.

Tom's pic of the bird here:
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There were some signs of viz-mig at the flycatcher site so we decided to walk from Carne to Churchtown checking all the gardens along the way. There were good numbers of migrant Blackbirds & Song Thrushes darting around the place generally being quite vocal & gorging themselves on hawthorn berries. A nice sense of a fall about the place. Also present were 5 Chiffchaffs, 9 Goldcrests, 2 female Blackcaps, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Bullfinches, 2 Water Rail (heard), 4 Siskins (south), c.35 Skylarks (south) & c.65 Swallows (south), 2 Kestrels & a Sparrowhawk.

At Churchtown itself, a late Willow Warbler was notable, a Buzzard & an adult Mediterranean Gull in the stubble fields and the Whimbrel is still hanging out by the coast along with a single Wheatear.

Lady's Island Lake
13 Pochard, a female Scaup & 2 Water Rails heard at Sgarbheen. A Buzzard was seen sitting on a telegraph pole near the junction for Broadway first thing this morning.

Tacumshin Lake
The lake is currently full to the brim as a result of recent heavy rains so nearly all the duck are off on the far side near the dunes and The Patches feeding along the shore there. A pair of waders would be needed to get around the lake. Paul Kelly did just that and found a White-rumped Sandpiper & saw the regular Glossy Ibis. A heavy mist descended when we got there so the best we had was 25 Tufted Duck & 4 Whooper Swans at the Forgotten Corner. After a quick snooze while waiting for the weather to clear we headed around to Lingstown (picking up yet another Buzzard sitting on the ruins at Paradise) to have a go at our first Hen Harrier roost watch for the winter.

Setting ourselves up on high ground overlooking the whole reedbed system we soon picked up 3 Hen Harriers [adult male, 1cy male & an adult female] milling about the place. A fourth bird was seen some time later hunting over the reeds, this time a 1cy female. The mist thickened as the evening progressed and as the light began to fade at around 17:00 viewing conditions looking out over the reedbed some became close to nil. Although we didn't locate the exact roost site we have an idea where it is.

On the walk back to the car I picked up a dark shape flopping over the reeds, not too far away on the near side of the mist. Raising my bins I was expecting to see another harrier...nope!...BITTERN!!! No doubt about it being a Bittern on shape & size but what about species? Both of us got relatively decent views given the gloomy conditions and in the scope I couldn't make out any major contrast between the upperwing coverts & the flight feathers, while Noel reckoned the wing looked mottled. Most likely Great Bittern but American Bittern not 100% ruled out just to be sure to be sure. Hopefully someone else sees it during the week and nails it. Good chance of seeing it again from a vantage point here first thing in the morning or last thing at dusk.

Whatever Bittern it was it's still a lifer so can't complain with a two tick day!!!

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Hook Head 24/25 Oct

In contrast to Niall's relative birdfest, strong winds and high cloud produced next to nothing in four 2-3hour trips at Hook Head on 24th and 25th!
Best of a frustrating weekend were 4 sandwich terns at Fethard on sea (3 juv moulting into 1st winter and one adult winter) and a single fieldfare over the village.
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29th October

Lingstown, Tacumshin Lake (15:00-17:30)

A quick spin down in the evening to try again for the Bittern but no luck. Again it was quite misty & windy. Walked out into the area of reeds out from the car park but only managed to flush some Snipe, Mallard, Grey Heron & Little Egrets. A 1cy male & a "near-adult" female Hen Harrier were seen hunting over the reedbed. 12 Little Egrets & 2 Grey Herons were seen flying into roost at the stand of conifers in the NW corner of Lingstown. Several Water Rail heard also.

Also, pics of the Blue-winged Teal recently shot on the North Slob can be found here

http://www.wexfordnaturalists.com/ga...1685&id_gag=44

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8th November: Niall T. Keogh & Noel Keogh

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob:
A shoot was held on the slob yesterday so most of the duck had cleared out or were showing distantly at the far end of the channels. Plenty of Greenland White-fronted Geese & Light-bellied Brent Geese in. The GWFronts look like they have had a good breeding season bucking recent downward trends whilst the LBBrents seem to be down in numbers of young reared this year compared to the past two years which have been very productive for them. At the Pat Walsh Hide; 2 Scaup, a Kestrel, a female-type Merlin, 4-5 Goldcrests, an Otter, a Pygmy Shrew and squealing Water Rail were the best. 2 Spotted Redshank and a Kingfisher were on the sea wall at the Pump House outflow. Out from the Observation Tower there was; an adult female Hen Harrier, big numbers of Golden Plover, Lapwing & Black-tailed Godwits (being harassed by the Merlin), some Little Egrets, Greenshank, Snipe, Tree Sparrows, Irish Hare & good numbers of Goldeneye & Great Crested Grebes in Wexford Harbour.

Tacumshin Lake:
On the way to Tac from the North Slob we got a text from Killian to say that himself & Pat Lonergan had just found a 1cy male Ring-necked Duck in the Forgotten Corner! Soon enough we were on site watching it, showing well with 104 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard & a Scaup. A good sized Aythya flock for Tac, probably due to the fact that the lake is currently full to the brim with water. Hard to check the rest of the duck seeing as they are all on the far side which is accessible only with waders. There was c.380 Whooper Swans on the lake, with very few 1cy birds in amongst them. The 1cy Glossy Ibis is still at the east end, showing well and a Red Admiral was seen at the High Car Park. Returning to Lingstown this evening, there was again no further sign of the Bittern, but a female & a 1cy male Hen Harrier, a Kestrel, a female-type Merlin, lots a squealing Water Rail & 26 Little Egrets heading to roost were all seen.

Lady's Island Lake:
The 1cy Long-tailed Duck & 22 Pochard were at Sgarbheen.

Churchtown:
Decided to have a quick look around here in the late afternoon before going to check Lingstown seeing as the wind had died down. All seemed pretty quiet with a Kestrel, some Bullfinches and a Red Admiral being the best until a Chiffchaff was seen flitting into the willow stand. Following up on it revealed there to be a small bit of activity in the willows beside the "Game Sanctuary" sign where a Goldcrest, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs & a Siberian Chiffchaff were found feeding in a loose group where we watched them from 14:30 to 15:45. The Sibe Chiffer ticked all the boxes for a typical tristis on plumage features. Unfortunately it didn't call but I'm confident that if t was to it would sound like one!!! The collybita Chiffers were quite vocal and one was seen side by side with the Sibe Chiffer, the two couldn't look more different. Here's to the split!

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nice GNDiver inside the bridge at Saltmills - there last weekend too, so obviously hanging about. Close views and a good photo op.
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A visit to Wexford on 27th with Dennis Weir produced the Slobs Black Brant, a Slavonian Grebe off the harbour wall,two Hen Harriers and a Marsh Harrier at Tacumshin. The sheep number of wildfowl around the various spots was very impressive.

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Flip me Owen, you had to pick up on that error! (or maybe it wasn't an error!)

Happy new year Owen, hope 2010 is a good one for you!

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17th January 2010: Niall T. Keogh & Noel Keogh

Tacumshin Lake:
The water level were extremely high, probably the highest I can recall since first visiting the site in 1995! The majority of the Wigeon & waders seemed to have cleared out, still decent numbers of Gadwall, Pintail & Teal present, mostly in the flooded areas of The Patches or in The Forgotten Corner. A classic drake Green-winged Teal showed very well in The Forgotten Corner where c.100 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 Scaup & a Goldeneye were also present. 21 Bewick's Swans (three 2nd cal-years) were over by The Patches whilst an adult Peregrine, adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Egrets, a Kestrel, 60+ Whooper Swans, 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 3 roosting Hen Harriers (adult male & two ringtails) were also seen.

Lady's Island Lake:

c.125 Pochard, c.55 Tufted Duck, a ringtail Hen Harrier & 2 Little Egrets.

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve:
Relatively quiet with 2 Peregrines and a Little Egret being the only birds of note on the reserve. 3 Great Northern Divers were in Wexford Harbour.

All the best,
Niall
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Old Sunday 31st January 2010, 21:37   #48
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Hiya,

31st January:

Nice view of a tagged Red Kite on the N11, just north of Arklow Rugby Club (Co. Wicklow) at 10:10 on the way down today.

The adult Black Brant and a ringtail Hen Harrier were seen from the Observation Tower, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve.

Pretty quiet birdwise, but pride and place of the day went to a breaching Humpback Whale & 4 Fin Whales off Baginbun Head!

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AWESOME!! Wouldn't describe it! Brilliant Niall sounds amazing.

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Ah b*****x - was at Hook head this weekend! I was going to bring some small kids down to Baginbun beach on Sunday morning but it was too cold.
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