Ireland - June '24

"It's only an Island if you look at it from the water." - Chief Brody It had been a long time since I had visited Ireland outside of the Christmas season.  This year we decided on a family break for June as a change and a chance for family and friends to meet Freya. Always a great experience to deal with the constant threat of death on the back roads of Ireland.  Driving on Irish roads...sure yet can't bate it As well as dealing with these bastards everywhere ya go.  Feckin muckers!!! As always, we got in a bit of birding too. A day trip to Louth was productive enough, seeing a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs (amazing to see two together) and getting a long overdue self found tick in the form of an Avocet! (Excellent result). Also stopped off in Rush to check in with Dara Fitz and seeing the long staying/returning Least Tern (the most boring bird on the Irish List 🤦. Honestly, a grey rumped waste of space 🤣). General birding was good from the perspective of seeing things

This Is The May

It's been a pretty good Spring, despite things being a bit on the late side. The temperatures jumped massively, from single digits into the 20s in a relatively short intervals. The Bramblings which had been inundating us with song around the house disappeared overnight. The typical migrants you expect for late April and May begin to fall in numbers, starting with Pied Flycatcher.  Pied Flycatcher - Garden Tickage This was followed up quickly with Wood Warblers, a singing Wryneck, and nesting Grey-Headed Woodpecker. Grey-Headed Woodpecker - what a stunner. Local patching has also been worthwhile, finding decent scarce like a pair of Garganey and Bewick's Swan. Whimbrel - a species I now usually see as a flyover Viz-Mig. Finding them on the deck is reasonably unusual. Tundra Bean Geese - late Spring mean many of these were still around well into May. Bewick's Swan - I originally picked this bird up at distance in flight around Mossarna, which was pleasing. It later have itsel