In a small patch of scrub I found a chiffchaff, it looked and sounded good for a siberian, but just wouldn't give itself up. It was still there the following afternoon, but not seen on subsequent checks. Fingers crossed it will turn up again.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The northern harrier finally appeared late on in the afternoon but quatered the reeds for almost an hour. I worked these sketches up from a lot of quick roughs done while watching it.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I finally got to finish this project last night after a few weeks having to work on others. The pallas' warbler was one of my favourites to work on, one of my favourite species, I got to work on several roughs before I settled on the final layout. It has been a long time since I sketched pallas', hopefully it won't be the last this autumn.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Mute swan- 2 pairs and a lone juv. A lone adult on the west lake on the 9th driven off by the local pair
Whooper swan- 10 (8 ads,2 juvs) 6th, 1 juv 7th, ad and juv 8th
Barnacle goose- over 200 on the islands on the 6, with several flocks of 20plus circling the island daily.
Mallard- Roughly 5 on each lake.
Wigeon- Lone male west end
Teal- 5 west end and 3 east end
Eider- 16 on the 6th included one Borealis, 5 daily till it rose to 12 on 9th and 10th
Pheasant- 1 female behind Graces daily
Fulmar- small numbers daily around the island
Manx shearwater- 1 from the boat on the 6th
Gannet- good numbers daily
Grey Heron- 1 daily, probably 2 on 10th
Common buzzard- 2 daily with a 3rd on the 10th, fattening up on 100's of dying rabbits.
Sparrowhawk- male on the 8th caught a starling, circled high and south late in the eve, juv female on the 8th.
Kestrel- 2 everday, joined by a third on the 8th.
Merlin- Female type from the 8th, juv male on the 10th
Peregrine- 2 adults daily, 1 juv daily and another at Maheroarty
Oystercatcher- 30 west end
Ringed Plover- 1 on the morning of the 9th, grew to 22
Grey Plover- 1 juv 8th
Golden Plover- 1 calling and flying west on the 9th
Lapwing- 30 west end
Purple sand- 3 on the 10th
Dunlin- 1 in the harbour on the 10th
Curlew- 3 most days, over 20 on the 10th
Snipe- flushed a few most days
Black headed gull- 2 a few times around the harbour
Common gull- scarce, but a few around the harbour
Herring gull- common
Great b b gull- common
Kittiwake- common, amazed they didn't lure in a sab's!
Black guillemot- a few around Maheroarty, none on Tory
Razorbill- a few mostly distant
Guillemot- 1 in close east end harbour, a few out to sea
Feral pigeon- 20 mostly west town
Skylark- 1 calling overhead on the 10th
Rock pipit- common
Meadow pipit- common, noticable daily fluctuations
Tree pipit- 1 on the 9th looked a lot brighter than 1 seen well on the 10th
Pied wagtail- 10 or more most days
White wagtail- 1 6th and 7th, a different bird on the 8th
Dunnock- 1 west town 6th
Robin- from 2 on 6th, grew to 5 on the 10th
Wheatear- 2 most days, 4 on the 9th
Song Thrush- 1 7th, and 1 daily afterwards,
Redwing- noticable daily movement in small numbers, 12 on the 8th
Blackbird- 2 daily, atleast 4 on the 8th
Blackcap- 1 male on the 9th
Blyth's reed warbler- 1 on the 8th, east end garden
Chiffchaff- 2 6th, 1 everyday after and 2 on 10th
Chough- atleast 2 pairs
Hooded crow- common
Raven- 5-6 daily
Tree sparrow- 6 west town, 20 or more east town. No house sparrows seen
Linnet- 8 on the 9th
Goldfinch- min 7 on the 10th
Reed bunting- 2 6 and 7th, 3 on the 8th, 1 9th
Snow bunting- 2 on the 6th, 1 on the 7th, apparently around the graveyard for the previous week atleast
Lapland bunting- 2 on the 8th,
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I have planned to head north for 5 days starting saturday and was torn between Tory and Aranmore so todays trip was a well timed excuse. After a short look for the snowy owl, we set off in search of migs and it couldn't have got off to a better start. I had barely stepped out of the car, raised my bins and there was a yellow browed warbler! Over the next hour or 2, I had it or another 2 as I worked my way down a valley to the shoreline. Peter and Ger had another in and around the harbour.
A distant flock of starlings circling over the fields caught my eye and I thought it would be great to find a rosy, so raised my bins and immediately found a milky tea shaped dot amongst the 2-300 black dots! After a few mins running around I found it sitting on some wires before it flew in and landed beside me with the main flock. Peter and Ger got lost on the way upto me and while searching for them, the whole flock somehow disappeared! We went back to the harbour and searched for some interesting redpolls Ger had found but failed to relocate most of the flock before trying again for the starlings. As we approached the area I had it in, a few starlings rose up onto the wires, soon enough, the whole flock were there and the rosy in the middle. A second new bird for Ger and only a second rosy for Peter.
We got back to searching the seemingly endless gardens, some fantastic habitat and no doubt we missed plenty. Only one question, Tory or Aranmore for next week....
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Its been a while since I have posted anything as I have been busy getting back into the swing of college. Am hoping to get back upto Tory Island for a few days this weekend and am going to Aranmore tomorrow in search of a few migs. For now just a few roughs from my first college project due to be handed up at the end of next month.