Friday, November 4, 2011


At Loop Head today there were two Bramblings, one male Crossbill, one male Hen Harrier, one Peregrine, one first-winter Mediterranean Gull, one adult Arctic Tern, 23 Lapwings, four Chough and one Chiffchaff.
Off the Bridges of Ross there were 1,000 plus Kittiwakes, 500 auks including two Puffins, one Red-throated Diver, six Wigeon, one Purple Sandpiper and one female Pochard.

John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan

 Brambling at Walshes Farm, Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Raven hovers over Ross beach © John N Murphy
Mediterranean Gull on the rocks in Kilbaha © John N Murphy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Black Redstart

Today Tuesday 1st November sees after a night of South East winds, the first Black Redstart of the autumn at Loop Head.  Tony Mee has been on the peninsula for the past few days over the Bank Holiday weekend, but things have been dead.  So far he managed to dig out three Merlin, a late staying Swallow (31/10/11), one Chiffchaff and now a Black Redstart.  Little return for many hours of flogging the Loop.  We feel your pain Tony.

John N Murphy

Black Redstart © John N Murphy