A family of beautiful Mute Swans – Cygnus olor – sailing soutwards along the shore. Two bright white adults and three blue-grey juveniles. The largest resident bird found in Ireland (Bewick’s Swans can grow larger but are migrants).
Autumn is at its peak at the moment, but amazingly, after three freezing nights and with temperatures of -1 C predicted for tonight, there are still Swallows to be seen in the sky. The photo below is not particularly good, but I took it shortly before sunset this afternoon when a flock of about seven swallows flew overhead and made their way south. I’m fairly certain this is the latest I have ever seen these summer migrants in Irish skies. Keep your eyes on the skies – you never know what you might see.
The Brent Geese have arrived in Wicklow. This part of Ireland is one of the very best places to see them, and many come from their summer grounds on the Arctic tundra, especially Greenland and Iceland. Here you can see them flying south against the distant Wicklow Head.