Four Siberian Chiffchaff were present today at Ross castle also a Male Ring-necked Duck and a First-winter Mediterranean Gull (Kerry Birding).
Monday, 25 February 2013
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Friday, 15 February 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Monday, 11 February 2013
(Photos: Davey Farrar).
(Video: Michael O'Clery).
This gull, found and photographed at Cromane on 30th January, wasn't seen in subsequent days, though the photographs circulated on the web prompted many to consider the bird to be Ireland's first Glaucous-winged Gull. However, after the bird reappeared on the evening of 7th February, several birders made the journey to Cromane on the morning of the 8th. The bird was present and provided ample opportunity for photos, video and close scrutiny. Immediately apparent was the bird's generally 'slight' build (smaller than most Herring Gulls present) and elegant proportions, rather than the bulky and attenuated structure of a Glaucous-winged Gull. As to what it actually is? The jury is still out, though Kumlien's Gull has been suggested by several observers.
Friday, 8 February 2013
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Declan O'Donnell, DCO, with the corpse of a White-tailed Sea Eagle, found in Co. Cork (Photo: NPWS).
A White-tailed Sea Eagle found dead on the sea shore near Glengarriff, Co. Cork, has been found to have been poisoned. The bird, a female, released in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, in August 2010, had spent much of 2012 in south Kerry before moving to the Beara peninsula between Adrigole and Glengarriff in December 2012. On 18th January she was discovered by a local man on the water’s edge near Glengarriff and was brought for post-mortem to the Regional Veterinary Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service based in Glengarriff. Test results from the State Laboratory, Celbridge revealed that the bird had been poisoned, presumably as a result of eating carrion. Earlier in the week another dead eagle had been found at Derrynane, near Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry but it was not possible to determine the cause of death of this bird (with thanks to Allan Mee).
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
This bird was photographed at Cromane, Castlemaine Harbour, last week
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Hybrid gull, possibly with Glaucous-winged Gull origins, Cromane, 30th January 2012 (Seamus Enright).
The bird shows a puzzling mix of features with the very real possibility of it having Glaucous-winged Gull genes somewhere in the mix. However there are subtle structural and plumage differences which show a probable hybrid origin, though with which species remains unclear so far. Further opinions are being sought!