A Few Days in May

Sheskinmore nearly always springs a few surprises. This was certainly the case on a recent visit from 7th-11th May. On the evening of 7th May a pair of peregrines (Falco pereginus) was in flight over Mullyvea hill. A buzzard (Buteo buteo) was also in attendance. Repeated loud calls were heard from one, or perhaps both,…

Wildlife in May

Sheskinmore was blustery and wet on the morning of 16th May but became warm and sunny later. Forty-three bird species were recorded throughout the reserve. In the morning at least six snipe Gallinago gallinago were displaying simultaneously over the machair. The strange bleating noise snipe make during display-flights is known as drumming and is produced…

September at Sheskinmore

I’d a few days at Tramore and Sheskinmore in early September 2015 and as usual saw some notable wildlife. It’s a nice time to visit as the late summer wildflowers are still in bloom; sections of the meadows and dune-grassland were carpeted in Devil’s-bit scabious and Grass-of-Parnassus. The weather wasn’t great but I still got…

Playful Buzzards

Object play behaviour has been recorded in a number of raptor species (Fagen, 1981; Hewitt, 2013). Below are notes on two observations made at Sheskinmore of playful Common Buzzards Buteo buteo. 19th September 2010 At about 1700 two Common Buzzards and two Common Ravens Corvus corax were seen soaring together over the southern slope of…

Ravens at Tramore

For at least ten years Ravens have bred at the low cliffs at the south end of Tramore on the Carrickalahagh headland. This year I monitored the nest for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme (NRS). The NRS involves repeated visits to check nest contents and thus gathers data on laying dates,…

News from Sheskinmore November 2013

November has been busy at Sheskinmore and in the surrounding area. Here is a flavour of what has been going on in the wild and what conservation work has been carried out recently. The Greenland White Fronted Geese are enjoying the ground that was prepared for them in October prior to their arrival.  The level…