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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Glaucous Gull

1st winter Glaucous Gull, Brandon bay, 18th February 2016.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Dead Little Auk, Rossbeigh


Dead Little Auk, Rossbeigh Dunes, 15th February 2016 (M.O'Clery).

There were signs of a fox in the vicinity of this Little Auk corpse, though the unfortunate bird is perhaps more likely to have succumbed to starvation and/or disease due to the recent spate of storms. The auk had been dead for perhaps a week or so.

Dead Little Auk, Rossbeigh Dunes, 15th February 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Dead Little Auk, Rossbeigh Dunes, 15th February 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Kerry Barn Owl sets long distance record

A new record has been set for the longest recorded distance travelled by a juvenile Barn Owl within Ireland.

Unfortunately, the bird in question was found as a road casualty last Thursday on a dual carriageway near Derry, in Northern Ireland. It had been ringed as a chick on the 10th of July 2015 at a nest site near Farranfore, Co. Kerry, about 350 km distant, more than twice the previous record.

Barn Owl chick, one of four from the nest box near Farranfore, in July 2015 (M.O'Clery, under licence from NPWS).

More details on the Irish Raptor Blog HERE

Many thanks to Brian Hegarty for reporting the ringed Barn Owl.
All Barn Owl ringing is carried out under licence to NPWS and the BTO.

Thursday, 11 February 2016