So anyways, rant over, here are some shots from the past few weeks. It has been pretty quiet as birds go, the best birds were a Hen Harrier and some Grey Partridge at Boora, Offaly. Some other birds were nice for the patch too, like a Grey Plover on Barna Pier beach, a spot that hasn't had such a bird before. Also at Barna pier, on the 17th of January was a colour ringed Common Gull that was ringed in Lough Mask, Mayo in 2008. This was the second time it was resighted since being ringed as a chick, the first time was exactly four months ago, in the same place, seen by me. I have also been noticing a worrying scarcity in the numbers of wintering Purple Sandpiper around Galway, for example usually the amount of birds wintering at Barna Pier is 20. This year...2. The same can be seen in salthill and I wonder if this is happening elsewhere.
|Ring billed gulls at Nimmo's, Only one in focus|
|Bar-tailed Godwit running through the surf|
|Tufted duck at dawn|
|Sunset on the bay|