Eye on Nature: Your notes and queries for Ethna Viney
Curled octopuses, all-white mink, starlings and otters
Donegal catch: the curled octopus that Ivan Mc Elhinney, a local fisherman, caught in a lobster pot off Horn Head
I’m sending you a photograph of a curled octopus caught by a local fisherman, Ivan McElhinney, in a lobster pot off Horn Head, on Sheephaven Bay.
Dearn Mc Clintock
Downings, Co Donegal
I saw an all-white mink making its way up the bank of the Bandon river above Dunmanway. Can Irish mink have an all-white winter coat?
Killarney, Co Kerry
It could be an escapee from a mink farm, or the pelt looked shiny when wet.
While digging up our vegetable garden I found an intact blue egg, about the size of a hen egg, four inches or so under the clay. Whose egg did I squander?
Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan
It could have been a starling’s egg. Sometimes one falls out of a nest, and I’ve read that occasionally the hen is in a hurry and lays on the ground.
My son, Gavin, saw a young otter swimming in the Glencree river and a young red squirrel sitting in a pine tree.
A starling with a white tail has visited our bird feeder recently. Is this unusual?
Derrynane Gardens, Dublin
It is a partially leucistic starling – not very common.
Swallows had arrived close to Lough Derg, at Woodford, Co Galway, on March 25th and at Whitegate , Co Clare, on March 29th, reported by Paddy O’Reilly, and April 3rd at Quin, Co Clare, by Nancy Cantwell.
Ethna Viney welcomes observations and photographs at Thallabawn, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, F28 F978, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a postal address