I have being birding the Old Head of Kinsale since about 1975 when I found my first "rarity" - two Ring Ouzels. It was where I learned much of my birding. I have done winter and breeding atlas there, brought my current wife on our first birding date and fought against the construction of the Golf Club (and did a tiny bit of vandalism) so I reckon I can call it my patch.Looking for migrants can be an exercise in frustration as with little cover there, birds move through quickly. Often during migration I only check a limited number of areas, mainly through time constraints (drop kids to school - run to Old Head run back to collect from school). Hopefully I will spread my birding out in terms of times and areas checked.The Old Head has a nice variety of birding offerings:
- sea watching can be superb, though access is by permit through the Golf Club.
- a seabird colony with hundreds of Guillemots
- Mixed farmland with a reasonable amount of arable and a small amount of tillage.
- There is little cover in most of the gardens, few trees and most hedgerows are sparse.
- Two very busy beaches with small numbers of Dunlins, Ring Plover and Sanderling
- Behind the beaches are two reed beds with small amounts of open water.
- Old Head harbour a rocky area which is the best area for waders.So far by 9th January and with 4 visits I am on 62 species 72 points. Highlights being Gadwall, Golden Plover and 3 Brent Geese - a patch tick. For the year a minimum of 120 I hope, to get 150 would be amazing. We will see.