During the week a male Ring-necked Duck had been found at The Lough and a 2nd winter Iceland Gull had also been present. So with those targets in mind a visit was on for Saturday afternoon.
|The Lough, Cork City, 14th January 2012|
|1st winter Med Gull - The Lough, 14th January 2012|
(Actually now that I think of it possibly the best we had was a pair of Teal, can't ever remember seeing that species on The Lough before). Apart from the Med Gull, the most numerous other gull there was Black-headed Gull, then possibly Common Gull and also the odd Lesser-black backed but no sign of any Icelands sadly. Ducks included Tufted Duck, Pochard (all drakes - I'll say about 20 because Harry Hussey told me on Sunday that he had counted that many there!), a few Mallards (though not many) and several pairs of Shoveller.
|Male Pochard - The Lough, 14th Janaury 2012|
|Male Tufted Duck, The Lough, 14th January 2012|
|Male Shoveller, 14th January 2012|
We chatted briefly to Ken Preston who had seen the Ring-necked drake on Thursday at the far end of the Lough. Thinking that the bird could be elsewhere we decided to check the Atlantic Pond over towards Pairc Ui Caoimh which can hold small numbers of Tufted Duck, possibly it was moving around with these?
|Atlantic Pond, 14th January 2012|
I suppose following the run of the last few months there had to be an off day for a change...........it is January after all!!