We also saw plenty of Brent Geese still around, Greylag geese, Wigeon, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard and Mute Swans. Interesting sightings were a Lapwing already on it's nest and Lapwings constantly mobbing the crows in the area.
|We waved goodbye to a flock of Greylag geese who Eric reckoned were on their way back to Iceland|
|and we waved hello to a beautiful looking Sandwich Tern, arriving in from West Africa. These are my favourite Terns.|
|in the channel Ian noticed a couple of Snipe feeding out in the open|
|There were still at least 300 Brent Geese in Kilcoole, a Peregrine put these up.|
|Buzzard at Kilcoole - the geese/ waders know that the Buzzard is no threat to them, so they never lift because a Buzzard's in the air.|
|Kittiwake keeping watch over a nuisance diver under the sea|
|Kittiwake hovering over the diver under the sea|
|A Razorbill, the object of the Kittiwake's affections. Ahhhh.|
|A Shelduck heading off to the shops for some Taytos|
|Double click to see Barnacle goose who's fallen in with the Greylag geese|
|Red throated Diver, starting to get it's summer plumage on it's neck, and Razorbill|
|A Pheasant. Beautiful, rich, warm colouring - looks a little out of place in Kilcoole|
The outing was over in a couple pf hours and to be honest a lot of the outing went by in a kind of blur. It's nearly impossible to focus in on the birds when there's a chatty crowd around, but, if it wasn't for the crowd I wouldn't see half of what I saw - they're the highs and lows of group outings I suppose.
I wonder how possible it would be to have the crowd following quietly behind me next weekend when I'm down in Carlow, walking down wooded lanes trying to id all the birds for the Countryside Bird Survey??