Sunday, 14 November 2010

Bird News Sunday 14th November

Waxwings were again in the Stranmillis area with 21 near the entrance to Lagan Meadows. A few photos of them tomorrow (D.Charles, W.Veale) In the same area 4 Bullfinch were feeding on the Annadale Embankment (opposite Belfast Rowing Club) (Bryan Monson)

A Dark Belied Brent was at the Gasworks on Strangford Lough. At the Floodgates at Newtownards, 2 Little Egret, 500 Pintail and 1000 GoldenPlover were present as well as a zillion Shelduck! There were a lot of them!
A Little Egret was off Ballymacormick Point, Groomsport.

At Tyrella Beach there was a mixed flock of 200 hundred finches, mostly Linnets, that also had Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Redpoll and 13 Twite. A Sparrowhawk was also present.
At Ballykinler loads of Common Scoter offshore as usual as well as a Great Northern Diver. 270 Sanderling were on the beach and a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were also seen.

22 Crossbill were at Ballyboley Forest Co.Antrim (G.McGeehan)
At Belfast Lough the Great Skua, Slavonian Grebe and 2 LongTailed Duck were off Macedon Point / Loughshore Park. (Think thats the same area!)

Paddy the Octopus is coming up trumps big style what with the Waxwing and Short Eared Owl predictions. Yes another Short Eared Owl today with one at the Ring Reserve Dundrum Newcastle (fenced area just beyond the main car park on the Dundrum Road) (Dan Baille). Another Short-eared Owl was seen yesterday at Portavogie. We have told Paddy to come up with some megas! Im sure he wil!

At Big Stone Bay Greyabbey a single Slavonian Grebe was just off-shore.
At Kirkistown 800 Golden Plover and a Buzzard were seen.
Nearby at Cloghy Rocks 30 Dunlin were on a small puddle on the beach.

At Corbet Lough a male Goosander appeared out of the fog!
Finally Oxford Island had 3 Jay and 4 Bullfinch!

In the REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 4 Bearded Tits were found at Tacumshin in Wexford. Paddy the Octypus never seen that coming!
Other highlights include the Semipalmated Sandpiper and Water Pipit at Ballycotton in Cork and a White Rumped Sandpiper and another Water Pipit in Waterford.


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