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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Another dead Barn Owl on the Tralee Bypass

Another Barn Owl has been found dead along the Tralee Bypass, on Thursday last - the fifth such casualty in less than a year, and the second since a detailed Barn Owl survey of the route was started in September 2014.

Dead Barn Owl, Tralee Bypass, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Dead Barn Owl, Tralee Bypass, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

The on-going Barn Owl survey of the Bypass is requesting sightings of Barn Owls from that area. If you see one along the new Bypass - alive or dead - please report it immediately to this email address

See the Irish Raptor Blog for more details, HERE

Friday, 24 October 2014

Ring-billed Gull, Ross Castle

Second year Ring-billed Gull, Ross Castle, 24th October 2014 (David O'Connor).

Presumably the same individual which appeared here as a first-winter in November 2013 (see post HERE). One of only a few inland records of this species in Kerry.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Azorean YL Gull still present

Third winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Although looking very adult-like when perched, in flight there are obvious signs of immaturity, with especially e.g., brown secondaries, and some remaining brown coverts. A dark bird overall, approaching Lesser Black-backed Gull in the darkness of the mantle.

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Third winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Third winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Third winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

The longest primary is still growing, as can be seen here, which results in a shorter than normal primary projection when perched.

Third winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Third winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 23rd October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

A strikingly bulky bird when compared with Lesser Black-backed (and even Herring Gull), with a noticeably 'bushy' rear end from the tertials bunching above the profile of the back, and even a slightly 'pot-bellied' profile underneath when compared with other nearby gulls.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Azorean Yellow-legged Gull at Dingle

Unfortunately, news of this Azorean Yellow-legged Gull (sometimes called 'Atlantic Gull') was not released to local birders for some time, but luckily the bird remained at Dingle today.

C'mon, visiting birders! Surely you could make a phone call or text? If you do have any good sightings please phone or text them to 00353 87 2998206. Many thanks.

Adult Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 22nd October 2014 (Davey Farrar).

Adult Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, Dingle, 22nd October 2014 (Davey Farrar).

The seventh record for Kerry. There have only been 11 accepted records in Ireland, to the end of 2013.

Skuas off Brandon

Great Skua, Brandon Point, 21st October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Great Skua, Brandon Point, 21st October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Totals from Brandon Point yesterday – 4 Leach's Petrel, c.25 Storm Petrel, 20 Pomarine Skua (including a flock of 10), 37 Arctic Skua, 17 Bonxie, 2-3000 Gannets, 2-3000 auks (mostly Guillemots), and a male Snow Bunting at the car park.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Ring Ouzels and Yellow-browed Warblers

 Highlights from today at the Bolus Head/Finian's Bay area of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Totals were: 3 Ring Ouzels, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, Spotted Flycatcher, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Hen Harrier and 5 Redwing.

Ring Ouzel, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Ring Ouzel, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Yellow-browed Warbler, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Yellow-browed Warbler, Finian's Bay area, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Chiffchaff, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

This bird still retains extensive juvenile markings which give rise to its' name.

Male Blackcap, Finian's Bay, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Female Blackcap, Bolus Head, 15th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Recent migrants on the Ivearagh Peninsula


Siberian Chiffchaff, near Bolus Head, 12th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Persistent calling (a slightly down-turned double note) allowed for a relatively easy identification of this individual. The lack of yellow tones to the head, mantle and breast, and bright green edges to the flight feathers were readily apparent, as was a faint pale wingbar. The sixth 'tristris' type Chiffchaff for Kerry. 

Garden Warbler, near Bolus Head, 11th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

One of the more unexpected migrants seen in the area this weekend was this Jay (below) which appeared near the tip of Bolus Head, and departed shortly after, heading south west. There was another seen about 5km to the north, flying over open moorland by the coast. Jays don't migrate as such, and there are no records of Irish Jays being recorded in Britain or elsewhere (or vice versa) so these are most likely young Irish birds dispersing. Whether they continued on out to sea is unknown but their generally weak flight wouldn't inspire confidence in a successful flight to Britain or France from Kerry.

Jay, Bolus Head, 12th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Jay, Bolus Head, 12th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Redpoll, near Finian's Bay, 12th October 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Plenty of finches have been on the move in the past few days, with small flocks of Redpolls, Chaffinches and Siskin appearing on headlands.

Little Gulls, Dingle

Juvenile Little Gull, 9th October 2014 (Gordon Kirk).

One of three present.