Sunday, 30 June 2013

One Step Forward,...

and two steps back. Yesterday was a strange mix of birds down at Ballyc.

The weather was distinctly Summer, and the beach was joyfully deserted despite the warm sun and balmy humidity. And yet the first birds of note, were 2 eclipse Red Breasted Merganser and a 1st summer Great Northern Diver feeding (together strangely enough) off the lake outflow at high tide, pure winter fare all the way.

This contrasted with the very first of the failed breeding waders returning to the lake, with some fresh in Bar Tailed Godwits and Greenshanks having made an appearance.

Not much in the way of seabird passage this weekend, but to anyone in striking distance of Galley...Tuesday could be your day...

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