Only last week Ireland’s meteorological service began giving names to storm rather than just using reference numbers. The first storm was Abigail, and yesterday Wicklow got struck heavily by a storm called Barney. Trees were felled across Wicklow, and in Wicklow Town a sports hall had its roof torn off, while a GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) building in the town of Rathnew also lost part of its roof in gusts reaching up to 129 kmph. Here is my video of the early part of the storm just as it was rolling in from the west over our clear skies and the handsome glowing crescent moon:
Goldcrests are found in Ireland all year, but large numbers of them migrate into and out of Ireland each year in spring and autumn. The largest numbers of them arrive in autumn to escape the extremely cold continental winter temperatures of Scandinavia and Siberia. I tool this video last week showing a goldcrest looking for small insects in the leaves of a cotoneaster tree. The best views of this handsome but tiny bird can be seen in the second half of the video.
Halloween has ended and November has begun, bringing us deeper into autumn and closer to winter and our winter visitors have already begun arriving, such as these fast-flying geese which seem to be Greenland White-fronted Geese, the rarest species found in Ireland:
This species has important wintering grounds to the south of Wicklow, in the county of Wexford, on the famous Wexford Slobs, a damp grassland delta area. Because they were flying so quickly it was difficult to be 100% certain of the species, but the only alternative would be Canada Geese which were introduced, but which don’t usually fly across Wicklow in such large formations. There are some bird calls audible as the geese fly in, but these are actually made by crows, however if you listen carefully you can hear the honking calls of the geese near the end of the video.
Keep your eyes peeled for migrating geese, and other winter visitors from the colder lands from the north of Europe and those of Asia..