A few field sketches and a painting I started since returning.I travelled upto Irelands most northerly point, Malin head, for a few days earlier in the week with a friend. Although I travel to Donegal every year it was my first time to visit the Inishowen Penisula. I was extremely lucky with the weather and despite overnight rain on my last night, the clouds cleared and gave way to another day of glorious sunshine on my final morning. 4 corncrakes had been reported over the previous week and we managed to add 3 more singing birds and another flight view of a possible female. I was really impressed with the area, beautiful scenery and fantastic habitat, it certainly is an area I will be back to again.
One of the last views of the cottage male, singing away only a matter of feet from the car.Most of the time was spent watching corncrakes, but we did look around and try a few areas for migrants and local breeders. Surprisingly not a single eider was seen, a winter black-throated diver was my first of the year. 3 summer great norhterns were probably on there way north, but a red throat could have been a local breeder. A reeling grasshopper warbler was typically elusive, as was a 1st summer cuckoo both singing on our first afternoon only. I heard a golden plover twice but could never locate it, but two pairs of common sandpipers, also my first of the year showed well.