On Sunday 29th April 2012, the Branch met up at Mizen Vision, on the Mizen Head Peninsula, to look for Spring Migrants. The day didn’t disappoint. We had glorious sunshine and bright blue skies and sea. The wind was ferocious in parts, but in the sheltered spots it was simply lovely. We started off at Mizen Vision, and worked our way down the Mizen road, stopping at various gardens along the way, where we were rewarded with some lovely birds. At Mizen Vision we watched the sea for a short while, and got lovely views of Gannets, Auks, Chough and Raven. We also saw a Basking Shark, which was a lovely treat.
Further down the road Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were singing their hearts out, and we saw Blackcaps and a Whitethroat. We were also given the pleasure of hearing a Sedge Warbler singing away at the bottom of the Mizen Road. We went on to several other sites, Lissagriffin Lake, Croagh Bay etc, and we saw plenty. A beautiful Dunlin in Summer plumage, various Gulls and plenty of Whimbrel. We also got to watch various other creatures, various different butterflies were found, and a beautiful fox was observed from a distance as it wandered across a field.
It was a lovely day, with a record number of species seen (for the West Cork Branch), at 59! I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Please take the time to look through the pictures linked below.
Picnic for lunch:
One of our members:
More wild plants: