Thursday, 17 March 2011

Ireland Day 3

We began our final day at Nimmo's pier, in the hope of finding some White-winged Gull's or re-locating the American Herring Gull which has been seen sporadically in various place's along the coast during the winter. Unfortunately we didn't connect with any of our target Gulls but we did manage to find 3 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 adults (including the adult pictured below) and a single 3rd winter bird. Click any image to view an enlarged version.

We birded the area for a couple of hours longer recording the following species of note, Bar-tailed Godwit (30+), Greenshank (1), Knot (2), Turnstone (40+), Sandwich Tern (2) and numerous common waders such as Curlew and Redshank. We also spent a few minutes watching the Grey Heron pictured below attempting to eat the disgusting looking fish type meat, although a struggle it eventually swallowed it whole!!!

Above 4 Images - Adult Ring-billed Gull, Nimmo's Pier, Galway.

Grey Heron. Nimmo's Pier, Galway

Next stop was Cobh for another crack at the now resident Indian House Crow (see images below). Unbelievably having spent hours searching on the first day of the trip, this time I could hear the bird calling as soon as we got out of the car and within seconds we were all getting superb views of this highly under rated corvid. Having cleaned up all our target birds for the trip we could now just enjoy some relaxed birding and spent the afternoon searching the various channels and marshes between Great Island and Little Island.

New species for the trip recorded during the afternoon included, Dunlin (numerous), Grey Plover (10+) and a single Common Buzzard. Thanks to Dad, Dan Pointon and Ashley Howe for a crackin few days birding, good company, good Guinness and most importantly good birding!

Above 3 Images - Indian House Crow, Cobh, Cork.

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