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 Nature's gifts, bestowed to beguile us on this beautiful summer-like first day of March 2021.
Sunday 20th, 21st March 2021. "The Carnival of Spring" sometimes referred to as the Vernal Equinox, when the season of Winter transforms from its long cold, dark days, to the joyous and colourful days we have been eagerly awaiting............. Now with many roadsides awash in the splendor of waving daffodils, the occasional Forsythia Bush, their multitudes of blossoms glistening like encrusted nuggets of gold. In some roadside gardens, beautiful Cherry Blossoms are being flaunted on the otherwise bare branches of the parent trees. All of this further enhanced by the outpouring of the warming rays of a benevolent Sun. .......... Next to add to this new season will be the arrival of our Summer visitors, the Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows, Wheatear's, the Warblers and Cuckoos to name just a few. Today, what a beautiful occasion of hope in the times to come?
Thursday 8th. April 2021. A few pictures of wildlife observed in his own patch by our member Martin Moloney, over a period of a couple of weeks. He also reports the sighting of a White-tailed Eagle, a Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrow hawk, and gracing the Inishowen sky, a Golden Eagle. Life goes on as usual for the Wildlife, irrespective of the Dreaded Covid 19.
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