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<ul><li><p>Quail in Co. TyroneAuthor(s): G. GillespieSource: The Irish Naturalists' Journal, Vol. 8, No. 9 (Jan., 1946), p. 335Published by: Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd.Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25533412 .Accessed: 15/06/2014 17:57</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p> .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.</p><p> .</p><p>Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd. is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to The IrishNaturalists' Journal.</p><p>http://www.jstor.org </p><p>This content downloaded from on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:57:32 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=injhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/25533412?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>January, 1946.] The Irish Naturalists'Journal. 335 </p><p>which may possibly have been a fresh arrival as it was never so wild </p><p>nor restless as those seen on previous dates. Of the three, two w^ere in (transition plumage, still retaining much </p><p>of the dark summer-plumage on the head, neck, upper-parts and </p><p>breast. On many occasions I had excellent opportunity to warton the birds </p><p>at close range. On 17ith August, twenty minutes after sunset, I heard a Greenshank, </p><p>Tringa nebularia (Gunner), calling as it flew rapidly from north to </p><p>south over Lough Carra. On 21sit August three Greenshanks were </p><p>feeding in a bay on the western side of the lake and on the following </p><p>day there were four. From 22nd August two were present unitil 13th September, after </p><p>which one remained until 14th. In British Birds, vol. XXXVII, p. 160, I gave for Lough Carra three </p><p>occurrences, in August and September, 1943, of this bird which only </p><p>occasionally wanders to our inland waters. </p><p>Cloonee, Ballinrobe, Go. Mayo. ROBERT F. RUTTLEDGE. </p><p>CURLEW-SANDPIPERS IN CO. GALWAY. </p><p>On 2nd October, 1945, I came upon two Curlew -Sandpipers, Calidris testacea (Pall.) amongst a large concourse of Dunlin and Ringed </p><p>Plover at Loch Ruisin, a tidal lagoon a little to the west of Galway </p><p>city. When crossing the sand and ooze a Dunlin-like bird flew over </p><p>me and luckily uttered the characteristic liquid " </p><p>Unrip " </p><p>of the </p><p>Curlew-Sandpiper. Noticing where it pitched I worked up to it and found the bird with another of the same species amongst Dunlin and </p><p>Ringed Plover. Unable to obtain a satisfactory view in flight (in order to confirm my identification of the mote), as they rose with the mass </p><p>of other birds I followed these up. I was then able to pick out the two birds as they fed on the edge of the Dunlin throng. They were </p><p>rather larger, greyer in colour and, in this case, had noticeably longer and more curved bills than the Dunlin. Latecr I put them up </p><p>and had a clear view of the diagnostic white upper tail-coverts. The two birds kept together in flight and also when feeding each time </p><p>they alighted. Had that bird not called in passing me I might very well have </p><p>missed these Curlew-Sandpipers amongst the numerous Dunlin for </p><p>they flew hack to ground I had already covered. Just luck! </p><p>Ussher had only one record, and that a doubtful one, for Co. </p><p>Galway (Birds of Ireland, p. 287), a record which I think it would be most unsafe to admit in the case of a bird requiring full evidence of identification in the field. The monith too?July?^seems most unusual for a bird which visits our west coast so rarely. </p><p>Cloonee, Ballinrohe, Co. Mayo. ROBERT F. RUTTLEDGE. </p><p>QUAIL IN GO. TYRONE. </p><p>A Quail called all day till 10.30 p.m. in a grass-seed field just over the garden hedge on 2nd June, 1945. I did not hear it again, but I have a circum standi a 1 report of it being heard a few miles away </p><p>on one occasion since. </p><p>Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. G. GILLESPIE, M.B. </p><p>AN OLD RECORD FOR AN IRISH SNAKE. </p><p>The dilapidated remains of a *-nake bearing the following inscrip tion has recently been acquired by the National Museum. The </p><p>inscription, which is on the back of a visiting card of " </p><p>Lord Walter </p><p>Fitzgerald, Kilkea Gas-tie " </p><p>[Go. Kildare], reads as follows:?" Ah </p><p>Adder killed by John Ryan, of Castledercnot, on the public road at </p><p>Ballynure Church, Go. Wicklow, on 4th September, 1903. Length 3 feet." </p><p>Needless to say, the specimen is a Grass Sna&amp;e and .not an Adder. </p><p>This content downloaded from on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:57:32 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p>Article Contentsp. 335</p><p>Issue Table of ContentsThe Irish Naturalists' Journal, Vol. 8, No. 9 (Jan., 1946), pp. 321-348Editorial [pp. 321, 347-348]Things Left Undone [pp. 322-327]Further Notes on the Flora of the Galtee Mountains and the Glen of Aherlow [pp. 327-331]Cheirotherium Footprint Found at Scrabo Hill, Co. Down [pp. 332-332]Zoological NotesPine Marten in Ireland [pp. 332-333]Rooks Fainting [p. 333-333]House Martin in Winter [p. 333-333]White Swallow [p. 333-333]Frequency of Ruffs and Reeves [pp. 333-334]Norwegian-Bred Heron in Co. Antrim [p. 334-334]Scarcity of Woodpigeons [p. 334-334]Sabine's Gull in Dublin Bay [p. 334-334]Spotted Redshanks and Greenshanks on Lough Garra, Co. Mayo [pp. 334-335]Curlew-Sandpipers in Co. Galway [p. 335-335]Quail in Co. Tyrone [p. 335-335]An Old Record for an Irish Snake [pp. 335-336]The Greater Weever, Trachinus draco Guv., from Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry [p. 336-336]Death's-Head and Convolvulus Hawk-Moth in 1945 [p. 336-336]Bath White Butterfly in Ireland [pp. 336-337]Remarkable Migration of Butterflies at Night and during a Gale in Co. Donegal [p. 337-337]Peacock Butterfly in January [p. 337-337]Vestal Moth in Co. Down [p. 337-337]Abundance of Autumn Butterflies [p. 338-338]Harmonious Insects [p. 338-338]Portuguese "Man-of-War" (Physalia) on the Waterford Coast [p. 338-338]</p><p>Botanical NotesA Field Full of Hypericum humifusum [p. 339-339]A Hybrid Sedge New to the British Isles [p. 339-339]Royal Fern at Kirkiston Bog, Co. Down [p. 339-339]</p><p>Our Library TableReview: untitled [pp. 339-340]Review: untitled [p. 340-340]</p><p>News of the Societies [pp. 340-343]Local Irish Names of Fishes [pp. 344-347]CorrespondenceNesting Habits of Song Thrush [p. 348-348]</p></li></ul>