It's been fairly quiet in north Co. Wexford since my last posting - was it really two weeks ago? I've done a fair bit of walking in between gales and rain and even in gales and rain but it's been slow going building up my Patch list.
Another walk around Kilgorman marsh on 26th provided four species in the form of a pair of Ravens, Goldfinch, a Kingfisher - which has since probably starved to death because it couldn't possibly have been able to see any fish in the silt laden Kilgorman River, and completely unexpected, 8 Crossbills feeding in some stunted Scots Pines in the mobile home park.
I tried seawatching in south easterlies, north westerlies and south westerlies and only managed a single Gannet and a patch rarity, Great Northern Diver. A calm period on 2nd produced two Great Crested Grebes at sea. I've seen this species in the same area in the last two winters - wonder is it the same pair?
Got out again this morning before the rain and finally managed to connect with Ringed Plover.
So 61 species and 68 points. Still haven't got Linnet or Greenfinch.