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Ireland and White Winged Scoter

Posted by meg33 on March 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Thanks to Tristan Chris and Especially Derek Charles i was invited over to Ireland for what was a long staying White Winged Scoter (Stejneger's) a first for Ireland with no records from the Uk. It was going to be a Grueling weekend but with great birds and company......

our first stop was to dip the Lesser Scaup in Scotland at Milton loch and then a quick look at Bishop Burn, Good views of Pintail obtained....

On the ferry, Eider, Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Common Scoter and a few Divers, mainly Red-throated.

Derek picked us up after deembarking the ferry to make our first short journey to Co Louth for a Lesser Whitethroat, this was no usual LW however. This was a putative Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat, very rare in uk and ireland. This bird was amazingly visiting a feeder in a birders front garden in the middle of the town of Drogheda and the birder and his wife didnt mind us being there and offed the gang a cuppa and some cake...thanks. The bird appeard briefly on  a couple of occasions whilst we were there. Hooded Crow over and Blackcap were additions to the site.

Record shot of Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat.

It was then onto our grueling 5-6 hour drive to our BnB in Kerry ready for the early start for the Scoter.

Next morning it was onto Rossbeigh for the search for the Stejneger’s Scoter. We checked the favouerd areas but were strugglin... Then super Derek picked up a Female Surf Scoter and within a couple of seconds i was on the bird too...Bonus. We all moved down to the beach again when we picked up the Stejneger’s Scoter in flight landed on the sea and gave us nice scope views for a few minuets. It then headed off back further out to sea. We moved to the cliff road to search for it again, picking up Nordic Jackdaw, Chough and Great Nothern Diver. We did manage to find both scoters again and really scrutinise both scoters...A Brilliant start to the day.

Record shot of Stejneger’s Scoter furthest left.

Record shot of Female Surf scote....just see what it is....

We made our way to Galway but the birds went a little down hill dipping Spoonbill, Black Duck, and Forsters Tern on the way, but getting good views of an Adult Ring billed Gull, the curse has lifted ....

Also Pale Bellied Brents and Great Northern Divers are always great value, loads more Hooded Crows too.

Our last day was a good one again, after breakfast we headed again for nimmos pier as we did last night, but unfortunatly lack of any decent gulls, 10 Sandwich tern were a nice addition. We then headed back towards Norther Island and our Ferry, but not before checking various sites for ducks and gulls. We Got to sligo where we picked up a cracking first Winter Kumliens Gull and a really stricking gull.

We then headed forDrumcliffe for hazy views of a Taverners canada Goose, unfortunatly looking into the sun but worthy views if not MORE CRAP pictures...

Then onto Aghagallon Co.Antrim for a superb Snow goose with Neck ringed Greylags, 4 Pinkfeet a couple of Barnacle geese and some Whooper Swans.

Finally seeing some cracking Ruddy ducks.

 

Back to the ferry and Home...thanks guys for an enjoyable trip..

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