I had planned all week to travel down to Wexford all week with a friend in search of bearded tits and a pair of long billed dowitchers. We started at the Cull, and with the tide in there were very few waders about, my friend flushed a water pipit a few times but just couldn't pin it down. We got news that the Caspian gull was found again at Rosslare so we made a move and joined the gathered birders on the roadside over looking the harbour. 2 iceland gulls and an adult med were picked up straight away, and walking around the carpark we found a stunning adult male black redstart, and shortly after a duller female type. The Caspian was re located on the pier and after some confusing directions, everyone got to see it. The weather was miserable, constant misty rain and the bird was always distant. A very subtle bird and I dont think I would have flagged it if it was sitting beside me.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
There have been upto 4 redpoll visiting my parents garden since christmas and today I had a nice surprise of a flock of 10-12 descend onto the feeders. Almost immediately a pale, greyish bird jumped out at me and I instantly thought meally redpoll. It was quite small, only marginally larger, if even, than the lessers but its cold grey colour, white underparts and clean white wing-bar made me think it was good enough for a meally. Hopefully it will stay around for a few days and I can get the scope or camera onto it for a better view
Lesser redpoll sketches, the birds were quite flighty and numbers disapeared for periods of time. Most years I find a few meally's in amongst flocks of redpoll at traditional sites where I know there are stands of alders. Usually then the birds are feeding high up and difficult to see well, today I had left my bins and scope elsewhere!
Also in the harbour were atleast 12 Iceland gulls, 3 Glaucous gulls and 3-4 kumliens gulls. This 1st winter was one of 2 coming to bread off the tip of the pier.