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Monday, 20 May 2019

A third Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull

The darker-backed Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull (front) with one of our own graellsii Lesser-black-backed Gulls for easy comparison, Baile an Reannaigh, 18th May 2019 (Michael O'Clery).

If you don't like gulls, best to look away now. Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gulls nest in coastal Scandinavia, Germany and Denmark, and other adjacent areas, and merge with our own slightly paler-backed graellsii race to the west, and the even darker 'Baltic Gull' further north and east. Baltic Gull is a true rarity in Ireland, Intermedius less so, and it is probably a regular spring and autumn passage migrant in small numbers every year. There have been three so far in Kerry this spring, and probably more to be found for those willing to look.

While the darker mantle and wings make it stand out from our local birds, there are structural differences too, such as the wingtips, or outer wings, look noticeably slender and long-looking by comparison.

Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull with Herring Gull (lower), Baile an Reannaigh, 18th May 2019 (Michael O'Clery).

Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, Baile an Reannaigh, 18th May 2019 (Michael O'Clery).

Okay, enough now... I'm bored.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Turtle Dove at Ventry

Turtle Dove, Ventry, 17th May 2019 (Britta Wilkens).

Turtle Dove, Ventry, 17th May 2019 (Britta Wilkens).

Turtle Dove, Ventry, 17th May 2019 (Britta Wilkens).

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

More spring birds

Turtle Dove, Dunquin, 29th May 2019 (Kilian Kelly).

White Wagtail, Blackrock, 11th May 2019 (David O'Connor).

Puffin, off Inishtearaght, Blasket Islands, 6th May 2019 (Michael O'Clery).

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Selection of spring rarities 'out west'

Great White Egret, Baile an Reannaigh, 1st May 2019 (Cate O 'Donnell).

The ninth record for Kerry, and about the 125th for Ireland. This species is turning up with increasing frequency and it is possible that it might become a breeding species in Ireland in the coming years.

Great White Egret, Baile an Reannaigh, 1st May 2019 (Kilian Kelly).

Turtle Dove, Dunquin, 1st May 2019 (Cate O 'Donnell).

Marsh Harrier, Baile an Reannaigh, 1st May 2019 (Kilian Kelly).

The 28th record for the county.

Marsh Harrier, Baile an Reannaigh, 1st May 2019 (Kilian Kelly).

Marsh Harrier, Baile an Reannaigh, 1st May 2019 (Kilian Kelly).

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Glaucous and intermedius gulls

Glaucous Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 12th April 2019 (David O'Connor).

Intermedius-type Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black Rock, 8th April 2019 (David O'Connor).

Intermedius-type Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black Rock, 8th April 2019 (David O'Connor).

Intermedius-type Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black Rock, 8th April 2019 (David O'Connor).

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Lingering winter gulls

Argentatus Herring Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands, 3rd April 2019 (David O'Connor).

If spring has arrived - and that's debatable with the current chilly blast - nobody has told the gull regulars at the Wetland Centre.

Glaucous Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands, 3rd April 2019 (David O'Connor).

Ring-billed Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands, 3rd April 2019 (David O'Connor).

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Seychelles birding special


If you need a break from dull old immature gulls and boring Littoralis Rock Pipits and seek tropical beaches, great scenery, and some very special birds - some of the rarest in the world - have a look at some photos from our short birding trip to the Seychelles in March. Click HERE.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

'Intermedius' Lesser Black-backed

'Intermedius' Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blennerville, 24th March 2019 (David O'Connor).

This 'Intermedius' Lesser Black-backed Gull was at Blennerville on Sunday before flying out into the bay and was only the seventh county record, though they are undoubtedly overlooked. Four occurrences have been in April. 'Intermedius' birds nest in SW Scandinavia and winter in small numbers in western Europe and Africa.

'Intermedius' Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blennerville, 24th March 2019 (David O'Connor).

'Intermedius' Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blennerville, 24th March 2019 (David O'Connor).

Monday, 18 March 2019

Cromane Cattle Egret still present

The Cromane Cattle Egret is the 23rd county record and has been present since 28th February.

Cattle Egret, Cromane, 18th March 2019 (Ed Carty).

Cattle Egret, Cromane, 18th March 2019 (Ed Carty).

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Cattle Egret near Cromane

Cattle Egret, near Cromane, 9th March 2019 (Cait O'Neill).

Cattle Egret, near Cromane, 9th March 2019 (Cait O'Neill).

Cattle Egret, near Cromane, 9th March 2019 (Cait O'Neill).