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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Baird's Sandpiper, Derrymore

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper, Derrymore, 8th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper with Dunlin, Derrymore, 8th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper with Dunlin and Ringed Plover, Derrymore, 8th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

The Baird's was present at the high tide roost for only five minutes before taking off alone and flying high to the west.

Two of the five Curlew Sandpipers present, Derrymore, 8th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Wheatear, Lough Naparka, 31st August 2016 (M.O'Clery).

There was perhaps 20 of these largish, strongly buff-washed Wheatears on the machair around the Magharees at the end of August and early September, and were most likely Greenland, or Icelandic race birds, leucorhoa. However, apparently Scandinavian and Russian birds can also have this rich buff coloration on the underparts in autumn. Geography would certainly favour them being Greenland Wheatears, though without measurements, it can't be certain.

White Wagtail, Rough Point, 31st August 2016 (M.O'Clery).

About ten were around the Rough Point area at the same time as the Wheatears, and their occurrence on the west coast would also suggest Icelandic origins.