Adult Great Northern Diver, Fermoyle, Brandon Bay, 29th October 2012 (Seamus Enright).
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Lesser Yellowlegs, Ballinskelligs, 22nd October 2012 (Video: Michael O'Clery).
This was the 18th record for Co. Kerry. Of these, 13 were found between 6th August and 28th September with only two previous records from October and one from November. The longest staying bird so far has been 17 days, a bird at Akeragh Lough in 1998.The Ballinskelligs bird is the 4th longest stayer, at 10 days (details courtesy of Ed Carty).
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Slightly better video of the Buff-bellied Pipit at Baile an Reannaigh, 13th October 2012 (M. O'Clery). This seems to be the last of its 16 day stay at this site, with much of the seaweed on which it fed being washed off the beach by recent spring tides .
Monday, 15 October 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Lesser Yellowlegs, Ballinskelligs, 13th October 2012 (Pat McDaid).
Found by Pat McDaid, at Ballinskelligs village main beach, near the beachside cafe (turn right going onto the beach, near the small outflow). A very tame bird. The 17th record for Co. Kerry.
Friday, 12 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Monday, 8 October 2012
Friday, 5 October 2012
Coal Tit, Dingle Peninsula, 5th October 2012 (D.Farrar).
There was a record number of Coal Tits on the move on the Dingle Peninsula today, 5th October. In the early morning, flocks of 40+ and 10+ were seen near Slea Head, and at Dunquin, close to 200 birds were present. Birds were present in virtually all wooded gardens with small flocks moving freely from tree to tree, but with a tendency for birds to move on quickly, generally in a westerly direction. A single flock of some 200 birds arrived high over the sycamores near Kruger's, looking like they might join another 80 or so already in the trees, but the flock continued on west. By late afternoon the movement had largely subsided, but it was reckoned that at least 500 Coal Tits were involved, possibly a good deal more – by far the most ever recorded in Co. Kerry.
There have been reports of unusual numbers seen elsewhere in Ireland over the past few days with, eg, nearly 60 on Cape Clear in Co. Cork. The origin of the birds is unknown, though all seen well at Dunquin were of the Irish race Periparus ater hibernicus, though intriguingly, 3-4 birds at Glanfahan in mid-morning showed characteristics of the continental race, Periparus ater ater.