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Subject: Re: Scops owls in Co.Cork.
From: "Fitzharris, Jim" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Irish Bird Network <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:45:24 +0000
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This story bears recounting Eamonn!  Definitely one for the book of
Irish birding lore.



-----Original Message-----
From: Irish Bird Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Eamonn O'Donnell
Sent: 12 December 2011 11:27
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Fwd: Scops owls in Co.Cork.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eamonn O'Donnell <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: Scops owls in Co.Cork.
To: Irish Bird Network <[log in to unmask]>


To those of ye who heard the story 10 times before please delete now.
Pete, that little girl is my niece and she was 4 years old at the time.
It all started when Steve had all the nets up in Cotters and the Waist
and all was  (sorry about that, sent it in error) quiet until my niece
ran up to the waist saying that there was an owl in the net. Steve had a
difficult Wren in the net so I went to look immediately but found
nothing. We showed her lots of pictures and when she said it had yellow
eyes we showed her Sparrowhawk at which point she reiterated that it was
a small owl and why were showing her Sparrowhawk. The bird was 'gone' so
we thought we would never know for sure. I went birding and on return I
was checking Cotters garden when I kept hearing an unfamiliar call. I
approached the call closer and closer only to find that unbeknownst to
me Steve had made a loop recording of Scops and Little Owl and left it
beside THAT net in Cotters.
That evening we put a net across the garden with the tape going
underneath and kept taking turns checking the net between pints. I was
outside hoping to see anything flying around when my niece and her
mother left the pub to go home and said they would go through the garden
to look for the owl. I didn't expect them to come charging back down the
garden shouting that the owl was in the net !!! Just at that point Steve
came outside so with 'little haste' we approached the net only to find a
small owl walking up the net. Steve gently removed it and in the
torchlight we could see that it was a Scops. Happy Days.
Mary, Larry and Orla were the only other birders there at the time and
although it was twitched and although something was seen flying around
the garden the following night it may have left a few people with
unclean lists !! :-).
So thankfully I am one of the very few who has actually seen Scops in
Ireland. I believe Paul Archer is also in this elite club.
I am still waiting for my niece to reach 18 years of age so I can buy
her a pint.

Eamonn


On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM, Steve Wing <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Go for the throat, Eamonn!
>
> Steve
>
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM, peter wolstenholme < 
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Hi Eamonn,
> > I remember when i first started birding, about 20 yrs ago,a man girl
> 'rang
> > me from Inchydoney,
> > Clonakilty, to say that when she was cycling into work at 
> > Inchydoney, she came across a brown streaky owl injured on the road.
> > She picked it up and put it in a hole in the wall, at the same time 
> > there was another one flying around.
> > She rand me and from the description, I guessed it was a Long eared.

> > I told her to ring Tom Byrne, in Cork who looked after things like 
> > that, which she did, and picked it up on her way home, from the hole

> > in the
> wall,
> > and took it up to Cork. Tom rand me that evening to say it was a
Scops !
> > In the early 90's one was picked up on the road just outside 
> > Crookhaven, and Dermot in the bar has a photo of it alive in a pint 
> > glass, where they kept it !
> > Another one was the one a small girl found in the garden on Cape
Clear.
> So
> > at least 3 in last 20 yrs.
> > So now you're living in the proper bird county, the possibility of a
> scops
> > is certainly something you may look forward to in your lifetime.
> > cheers pete w
> >
> > -----Original Message----- From: Eamonn O'Donnell
> > Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 10:00 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Big Year movie
> >
> > I'm not trying to flush out anybody. I thinking of going to see it 
> > if it
> is
> > generally counted but it wouldn't have the same appeal as seeing a 
> > Scop's Owl for example.
> > I don't get the 'just in case argument'.
> >
> > On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM, cbr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >  Hi Eamonn
> >>
> >> Erm, I know that house crow is on at least 2 irish birders lists - 
> >> one being mine! But then again, being a low-listing tart that 
> >> doesn't really matter. I guess its the heavyweights you are trying 
> >> to flush out? I
> reckon
> >> most (if not all) will have seen it, just in case!
> >>
> >> Col
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eamonn O'Donnell" < 
> >> [log in to unmask]>
> >> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> >> Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 9:36 AM
> >> Subject: Re: Big Year movie
> >>
> >>
> >>  I hope they give me a cameo appearance due to my dabbling return 
> >> to
> >>
> >>> twitching.
> >>>
> >>> Can I assume that the Cobh House Crow is not and never will be on 
> >>> anybodys Irish list other than our friends across the sea?
> >>>
> >>> This is an odd question but does anybody remember standing beside 
> >>> me while watching a Citrine Wagtail a very long time ago possibly 
> >>> at
> Tacumshin???
> >>> I'm sure I've seen one in Ireland but can't remember it. Fitzer
> Syndrome
> >>> is
> >>> kicking in methinks.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks.Eamonn
> >>>
> >>> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM, cbr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>  All the same, I think I'll wait for the 2011 irish version 
> >>> starring Denis
> >>>
> >>>> O'Sullivan & John Power!
> >>>>
> >>>> Col
> >>>>
> >>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Patrick Kelly" < 
> >>>> [log in to unmask]
> >>>> >
> >>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> >>>> Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 4:10 AM
> >>>>
> >>>> Subject: Re: Big Year movie
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>  Hello everyone:
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> All of the birders I know in Nova Scotia that saw it were 
> >>>>> favourably impressed, as many thought that it would be almost 
> >>>>> too easy to
> portray
> >>>>> birders in a rather poor light. As was already pointed out, it 
> >>>>> is
> not a
> >>>>> comedy, it is a movie that tells a great story and has some 
> >>>>> lighter moments in it, and some very touching moments in it. The

> >>>>> birds are  also correctly identified!
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I don't go to see many movies, but decided to see this one 
> >>>>> because of Steve Martin. He has always impressed me as a man of 
> >>>>> an incredible number of talents, and can take a serious role in 
> >>>>> a movie when it is  called for, which is the case here.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Patrick
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> On Dec 7, 2011, at 12:53 PM, Fitzharris, Jim wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>  Thanks Donal.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> Maybe the Yanks have a different sense of humour!  Bob is 
> >>>>>> right: it
> is
> >>>>>> billed as a comedy with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen
Wilson.
>  The
> >>>>>> book was light in tone but not a comedy.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Mind you I have gone to movies that were a "must-see" according

> >>>>>> to some reviewers and it would have been more enjoyable to 
> >>>>>> stick pins in my eyes.  I may risk it and will enlighten IBN!!
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Cheers,
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Jim.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> -----Original Message-----
> >>>>>> From: Irish Bird Network 
> >>>>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]******IE<
> >>>>>> [log in to unmask]>**]
> >>>>>> On Behalf  Of
> >>>>>> Donal Foley
> >>>>>> Sent: 07 December 2011 16:46
> >>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
> >>>>>> Subject: Re: Big Year movie
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Jim,
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> I heard a couple of reviewers on the radio saying it was to be
> avoided
> >>>>>> at all costs. Also, one good birding friend, who I will not 
> >>>>>> name, basically said the same. Still, everyone will have their
own view.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Regards,
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Donal
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> -----Original Message-----
> >>>>>> From: Irish Bird Network 
> >>>>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]******IE<
> >>>>>> [log in to unmask]>**]
> >>>>>> On Behalf  Of
> >>>>>> Fitzharris, Jim
> >>>>>> Sent: 07 December 2011 16:37
> >>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
> >>>>>> Subject: Big Year movie
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> I see that the movie "The Big Year" has arrived in cinemas in
> Ireland.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> I expect it will not be around for long.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> It is based on Mark Obmascik's book of the same name about 
> >>>>>> three
> guys
> >>>>>> doing the North America Big year in 1998.  One of them, Sandy
> Komito,
> >>>>>> "won" setting a new record in the process.  The book was a
> compelling
> >>>>>> read and the movie has had good reviews on the ABA website etc.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Cheers,
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Jim.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
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