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Saturday, 29 October 2016

American Golden Plover at Carrahane, and other bits

Juvenile American Golden Plover, Carrahane, 29th October 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Part of the impressive 3000+ Golden Plovers at Carrahane, 29th October 2016 (M.O'Clery).

First-winter male Eider, Rough Point, 28th October 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Ruff, Caherfealane, 28th October 2016 (M.O'Clery).

One of two birds present.

Starlings, Caherfealane, 28th October 2016 (M.O'Clery).

The Starling flock gathering to roost here is by no means the largest in Kerry, though numbers are likely to build in colder weather, but any such a 'murmuration' is always a spectacular sight. From the photo, this seems to contain, at a very rough estimate, about 5000 bids, but if anyone is prepared to count them individually, please feel free and let us know.