Wood Sandpiper at Killelton polder, 26th July 2013 (Ed Carty).
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Monday, 22 July 2013
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Monday, 15 July 2013
Event: A Dawn Chorus walk
Venue: Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre , Ballyard, Tralee
Date: 27th July
Speaker/Leader: Ed Carty
The Kerry Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust would like to welcome all-comers to an early morning guided walk around the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre to listen to and identify birds through their song.
No special equipment or experience required. All ages and abilities welcome. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them. Suggested donation of 4 euro per adult (children free), and membership information will be available.
As always, be mindful of the weather and prepare accordingly.
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Female Whitethroat, near Gneeveguilla, July 2013 (Fred O'Sullivan).
Map showing distribution of Whitethroat records this summer (M.O'Clery).
The upcoming Bird Atlas project, after five years of fieldwork from 2008-11, shows a fairly common species across Ireland, but with a seemingly inexplicable blank area on the map in the SW which includes most of Co. Kerry. This is also apparent in the 1988-91 breeding atlas (see that map HERE). Birders have noted over recent summers that Whitethroats have generally been absent as a breeding species in Kerry, but appear in apparently similar breeding habitat just a few miles across the border into Cork. What was it about Kerry that the Whitethroats didn't like?
This summer however there has been a small surge in breeding records detected. The ten red dots above, representing singing or territorial birds this summer, better than the combined number of breeding records for the past decade.
Many Whitethroats are still singing - a scratchy, fast warble, a bit like a Blackcap in a hurry. Have you see one in the Kingdom this year? Please let us know.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Cuckoo chick, near Brosna, 9th July 2013 (Davey Farrar).
Day 19 and the Cuckoo chick is on the verge of fledging. By now the Cuckoo is several times larger than the 'parents'. Typical weights of Meadow Pipits are 15-22 grammes, while a full-grown Cuckoo chick weighs in at a hefty 95-140 grammes. The unwitting Meadow Pipit foster parents are making feeding trips to the chick every ten minutes or so throughout the day.
The puffed-up plumage and sudden opening of the mouth in the video are defensive tactics, giving any potential predator the impression of a much larger and more aggressive beast.