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Wet, windy and cold in Ireland

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As it was half term, I decided to take Bernie for a few days to the west coast of Ireland to see some lovely scenery and hopefully some good birds. The weather forecast was not good, so we packed all the weatherproofing gear Ryanair's baggage limit would allow!Taking advantage of the new service from Liverpool to Knock, we decided not to do a pilgrimage and headed for the Galway coast in the vain hope that the Little Blue Heron might still be there. The scenery was magnificent and the Connemara mountains foreboding as we dodged our way through showers to the extremity of Galway in about two hours. The wind was blowing strongly from the north and it was COLD! There were very few birds to be seen so we headed off to our B&B (run by an ex-roadie of U2 and a very nice place too!) and a meal in the town of Clifden. The following day didn't seem much better but a brief respite in the morning gave us the chance to do a circuit of one of the Galway headlands where we saw Chough, Tw…

Some 'local' birds

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Cut Wood - October 18th - leaves are starting to fall.
A cold north-west wind blew across the waters of Rishton Reservoir this morning and the first Redwings I've seen this autumn passed overhead with their characteristic high pitched calls giving away their imminent presence. I've seen a large flock of Canada Geese on the fields as I go to work but have had little opportunity to count them. They were very obliging today - 228 at least with some on the Reservoir and some on the field above the small res (as in the photo).There were eight Great Crested Grebes on the Reservoir including at least four of this year's juveniles. A flock of 45 Lapwings on the far bank was put up by a passing Sparrowhawk.
It was then off to see my mum in Ainsdale and check some of my old haunts when I was a teenager (all those years ago!)
Driving along the coast road I was accompanied by a Little Egret - you certainly never saw them thirty years ago. I called in a tthe Sands Lake at Ainsdale where …