Friday, 4 October 2013

Ticks but no tick

A rather chronologically inept, belated post triggered today by the news of a couple of American wood warblers on Corvo (3 weeks tomorrow I set off for my annual after party adventure). For the second time in the space of a year, Galway scored with an Eastern KIngbird and just like the first time, this mega had done a bunk. This time, with the bird on Inishbofin, the masses of birders managed to locate a Blackpoll Warbler that was actively moving east through the island.

Blackpoll Warbler, Inishbofin, County Galway September 2013
One of the earliest Blackpolls to be found in Britain and Ireland, a shame that it was probably not destined to be on this planet for much longer given the state of its tick-infested head. Anyway, it was nice to return to the island - fond memories of a nice twitch with John A and Josh J a few years back.
I'll be out locally tomorrow as after a shattering week at work that day on Fair Isle in May 2003 is feeling like a nice investment. Good luck to those heading north for the Thick-billed Warbler.

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