Inishowen Wildlife Club

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A random selection of images from past club outings.
Saturday 2nd. January 2021. On this, cold, bleak, Winter morning, from its pulpit on a leafless branch of a Hawthorn Hedge a Robin, in it's dribbling tones, delivered a sermon to an awakening world, on the miracle of spring's return. .........To those that look, it has already started with the formation of the buds on shrubs and trees, also the emergence of the green shoots of Daffodils and Lesser Celandine, stealthily making their appearance. So much to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead !
Wednesday 6th. January 2021. We received today from our dutch member Wil Buis, the above pictures of five birds, and states that all of them, with the exception of the Smew, are on the red list in the Netherlands.
At this midwinter time and pandemic uncertainty, we look forward to an unknown day, and an unknown time, when we can once again enjoy natures bounty, with heavenly choral renditions from the birds, augmented by the humming chorus of bees and insects, the fluttering of Butterflies, all in a setting of gentle, fresh greenness, warmed by beams of bright warm sunshine. ............. Well, we all can dream !!!!
Ghosts From Summer 2020.
Members Jim and Anne Toland's observations of nature in their local area.
Tuesday 2nd. February 2021. This is a difficult time of year for the nature lover. Confined to our locality, we have not the option of going to those places where we know we have a chance of seeing the traditional visitors or even something unusual. So from the window or as we walk in the locality we tend to pay more attention to our surroundings. We notice the scent of Winter Heliotrope and look at Herb Robert, Prickly and Smooth Sow Thistle, Hogweed, Daisy, Dandelion, Buttercup, Wall Valerian, Groundsel, Ragwort, Ivy-leaved Toadflax and Knapweed, We watch the behaviour of Corvids, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Pigeons and notice the frenzy of Tits, especially families of Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinch, Dunnock and the bold defiant attitude of the Robin. And every now and then our attention is drawn to a Sparrowhawk darting by in search of a meal. We pay more than usual attention to small flocks of Curlew, the colourful Jay and a pair of Foxes as they pass, leaving their imprint on the snow covered path. .......... At present we are watching out for the signs of Spring. Naturalised Snowdrops and Crocuses have made appearance but in spite of abundant foliage we have only seen buds of Lesser Celandine and to date no Primrose. As Shelley wrote, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"
Friday 5th. February 2021. From the Netherlands, club member Wil Buis has sent a number of picture of birds recorded recently in the vicinity of her home. Most notable of these for us here in Donegal is the gathering of the Pink Flamingos.
Saturday 6th. February 2021. Our keen-eyed Martin Moloney, while out walking in his local region, reported the sighting of a Red Kite in flight, and a short time later a Merlin was observed perched on a fence post.
Saturday 20th. February 2021. Some of the emissaries of Spring, and the better time that await, as seen through the camera lenses of Sinead.
Monday 1st. March 2021. Above are just a few of Natures gifts, bestowed to beguile us on this beautiful first day of March 2021.
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