Monday, 20 October 2014

American Golden Plover and Pied Flycatcher

 A few shots of the juvenile American Golden Plover that was at Myroe last Thursday and very nice it was too! A fem / imm Pied Flycatcher was at Kearney on Saturday morning





Thursday, 16 October 2014

I can't sleep for the noise the Bitterns are making on my roof.
Can you please tell me who I should report this to.

Marsh Sanpiper and Stuff

Just what is going on at Team Nobirds? I think we can all agree that they hit a new low of desperation with the reporting on 6th October and i quote "There was an unconfirmed report of an adult Marsh Sandpiper at the Quoile today at 12.45 today" Just what the hell does that mean?? Who reported this to them? Was it reported to them? Why is it an unconfirmed report? Why dont they come clean and tell us all about this sorry mess? In NI if someone is competent enough to identify a Marsh Sandpiper nevermind an "adult" Marsh Sandpiper they generally tell someone ie Nobirds, Flapline, Irishbiridng, Birdguides or someone who would put the news out. The fact that Nobirds reported an adult Marsh Sandpiper you would think that someone has reported it to them, you would think. My sources close to Nobirds tell me this isnt the case. It seems that someone wrote a message on the sightings board at the Qouile "Adult Marsh Sandpiper" but that it wasnt signed. It appears some nosey neb who hasnt the brains he was born with then contacted Nobirds and Nobirds decided to go viral, tossers. This is up there with their other  classics and brings into question the organisation and the people in the organisation. Well we all know the organisation doesnt exist it is one power mad gentleman clinging on glory hunting. They must know that an adult Marsh Sandpiper would attract a lot of attention both North and South and i spent two days fielding calls, texts and emails asking about this. I replied exactly the same way to each message and Nobirds and the individuals involved who have been a standing joke for a long time and have just upped their status to "Wanker Clowns" This report should have never got near the airwaves but with Nobirds anything is possible!! They are now reporting unsubstantiated reports written on bits of paper with no names on them, sad and extremely desperate. I think we have all enjoyed their run this month, the ringed Med Gull which moves around Belfast Lough a lot is pure genius (it originally came from the Med, surprise surprise) it would be great to see a bird photo, any bird photo from the Copeland Islands that isnt ringed and in the hand, come on Nobirds make a stand, dont be so bloody wooly Liberal, reporting an escaped Blue Morph Snow Goose shows their class and genius again and the little piece about the RSPB Reserve in Belfast was so girly it was unbelievable. We have no problem in saying that this year at the Reserve has been a complete and utter disaster to the RSPB in Northern Ireland, i think its been closed ten months and things are not moving at a pace, they are moving at a snails pace. The sooner its finished, cafe open, usable toliets, windows you can see out of, open Sundays the better for birders and the RSPB all round. I am sure the brown tongued and brown nosed hierachy at Nobirds will get invited to the opening!! Funny how none of them turned up when the RSPB were looking ideas for hides etc, too much like hard work. Still using other birders sightings under the Birdguides name, how lazy and arrogant
I think we should have a sweep, the next Nobirds report of a non existent bird, there are plenty to choose from those guys could come up with anything

Here is a nice photo of a Great Shearwater taken last week

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Holiday snaps

Long Billed Dowitcher and Laughing Gull what a great holiday that was, think i need another holiday!





Probable!

 Here are a few pictures of a Great Shearwater or as Nobirds would call it a "probable" Great Shearwater. Why have they sstopped educating us! Did anyone see their Marsh Sandpiper? Gave me one of my best giggles, ever and by goodness they have gived us a few over the past few years. As a birder in the south said to me when he got the big news from Nobirds Hierachy "is their **** a Marsh Sandpiper at the Quoile" and he doesnt even live in NI!! Well done guys for giving everyone aa big all Ireland laugh, maybe in prepartion for their new report? Who knows!!







Friday, 3 October 2014

Dont forget to watch!!

Andrew is on tonite, Lesser Spotted Ulster, the only titbit ive been given is that Andrew tells Joe that a member of the Nobirds elite once got arrested for impersonating a cheeseboard, sounds like good Telly! A few more snaps of the aptly named White Rumped Sandpiper!


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Deadly Duo

Ian Dickey and Stephen Maxwell shouldnt be allowed out with camera's, look what happened when they did. The first 4 photos are Ians and the bottom 3 are Stephens. Marsh Harriers appear to be everywhere at the moment, check all marshy areas carefully especially the Quoile, two of them there apparently! These photos must be up there with the best photos ever taken of Marsh Harrier in Northern Ireland






Tuesday, 30 September 2014

He is on the Telly!

Dont be arranging to go out on Friday night, sit in instead, get yourself a chinker and a bottle of bucky and watch Andrew Crory on the telly!! Yes its true!! The legend that is Joe McMahan interviews Andrew for Lesser Spotted Ulster!! Joe this week is doing an in depth special on the Nobirds Phenonomen and talks at length on how they got their name and some of the much loved characters like Larry McGarry and his well pressed trousers and the funster that is Gary McGarry and apparently there is footage of him doing that funny thing he does, we cant wait! There is also live footage of wee Joe ringing flapline and Andrew tells me that Joe actually feints when he hears there is an adult female Marsh Harrier at the Qouile backed up with a possible Long Tailed Tit in Co.Armagh (yes that last one was on flapline this year, it was a classic!) come who wouldnt feint! Andrew also tells Joe that it was himself who set up the Nobirds Blog and all the links etc but does admit that wasnt his finest moment! Andrew and Joe also pour over the recent Nobirds Bird Report but this scene may be cut in the ffinal edit as it is 0.05 seconds long and doesnt involve an actual report. Near the end Joe also finds a very large safe marked Nobirds Money, where all the tenners are kept and Andrew uses some Alcamy he learnt while on remand at Ballykinler and when they blast it open they find its completely empty and there is a classic moment where Joe just gasps "where has all the money gone?"  The final scene Andrew shows Joe the Great White Egret ssitting on his moth trap while a Franklins Gull flys over, pure class!! So Friday night after Corrie tune to ITV to watch Andrew and wee Joe catch flys with their tongues.
Here are a few Lesser Spotted Woodpecker photos



Monday, 29 September 2014

Education is what you need!

 Roy Castles famously sang "eduction is what you need" and Nobirds famous mantra is "we are here to educate you" so we decided to go down to the Quoile and see the Nobirds adult female Marsh Harrier and educate ourselves. Firstly we took the Nobirds advice and called at the Quoile Centre for a key to the hide!! First bit of education, the Quoile Centre was closed!! Brilliant, well done Nobirds!! But not deterred we went on and luckily a man with a key let us in!! Thank you that man, but how did you get that key!!! The Nobirds "adult female Marsh Harrier" wasnt there but had been replaced in the exact same spot by a juvenile Marsh Harrier!! Cue Nobirds red faces, they even sent some of their top men on this mission!! What are the chances of two Marsh Harriers being in the same spot, one only seen by Nobirds (an adult female) and one seen by non Nobirders!! (a juvenile)Not a lot i would say!! We went home without a cup of tea!! (long story!!) No sign of the reported Franklins Gull or Great White Egret, come on Andrew where are the photos!




Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Spooner!

You cant watch those Nobirds boys, they have thought of a new cunning plan! Instead of calling me Birdguides or Irishbirding they have now decided to call me nothing!! Clever or what!! Myself, Walter Veale and Majella Callaghan found the Spoonbill on Saturday morning after its summer vacation to the Qouile / Murlough. We let all our friends know and news has got back to those Nobirds McGarrys!! They obviously had a strokey beard meeting on how to handle this as the news never made Irishbiridng or Birdguides so they went ahead and released the news anyway but this time they put no name against the sighting, clever McGarrys!! You just cant out clever those guys!! Here are some Pectoral Sandpiper photos, you will see they are not copyrighted, might tackle that particular one tomorrow!







Monday, 22 September 2014

Franklins Gull / Great White Egret, Mystery Weekend

The big bird over the weekend was undoubtedly the claimed Franklins Gull off St Johns Point. Just one small problem. It was seen 11am Saturday and news didnt break until people were in their beds on Saturday night!! First things first, no one has to put any news out about anything, if you see a Franklins Gull and want to keep it to your yourself, go ahead knock yourself out!
Maybe the finder Tim Murphy did tell Flapline / Nobirds about it as soon as he found it and they didnt tell anyone else a slap in the face for all those ten pound members of the the people who ring flapline! Maybe Tim didnt tell anyone until after dark for reasons only he will know but whatever way round no one had a chance to look for the bird on Saturday and try and refind it for everyone else to look at. The finder Tim and Nobirds must know that a Franklins Gull would create considerable interest both locally and from Southern Ireland. I think the whole thing can be summed up on Sunday when no one even bothered to go and look for it but lets hope its refound so we can all enjoy it. We look forward to Nobirds showing the photos which rule out any number of hybrid gulls resembling Franklins Gulls that have been seen in recent years in the UK. I also hope Andrew has a photo of the Great White Egret he claimed he seen beside his moth trap at Murlough yesterday come on Andrew where are they? Come on big lad, put up or shut up!

Here is a picture of a Plover of sort, somewhere

Friday, 19 September 2014

Great White Egret update

The Nobirds Great White Eejit was looked for extensively this morning but it has flown the coup. Eighteen Larry McGarrys were in the south bay with one Larry in the north bay.Andrew was hoping for a Murlough tick but sadly not today

White Rump Sand again!

 Whats going on in Nobirds land, they appear to not know what they are doing!! They are again calling me Birdguides which is nice but naughty of them. Then yesterday i was Irishbirding but this was deleted last night, i am confused i dont know what i am called anymore!! They are extremely sad why dont they go out and find some of their own birds, perish the thought, much easier to sit at home!! Also we see they have reported another Great White Eejit but again no photos!! We know just how much they loooovvveee those big White birds but why no photos. Ive seen 6 in Ireland and photographed them all, they are after all huge!! Its not rocket science. Anyway we will get this one checked out just like we did the Quoile bird. The Nobirds Great White Eejit at the Quoile had been replaced in exactly the same spot the next morning with a pale Grey Heron, what a coincidence!! Keep you updated!!