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,…

Guided Walk 18th May 2014

As part of National Biodivesity Week (18th -25th May 2014), Stephan Hewitt will lead a walk at Sheskinmore on Sunday 18th May 2014. Stephan works as a professional ecologist in Northern Ireland. He has been birdwatching around Sheskinmore and Rosbeg for over 10 years. The walk will begin from the main entrance gate at Mullyvea…