Saturday, 13 November 2010

Bird News Saturday 13th November

More Waxwings today 14 were at the Moira Roundabot Co.Antrim. (I.Dickey)
In Co. Tyrone 10 Waxwing were along the A4 between Ballygawley and Augher.

Thanks to Allison Dean for this photo of a Waxwing at Stranmillis today (11 Waxwing were at the Knightsbridge Park end)

In Co. Down 17 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 35 Common Scoter and 12 Great Crested Grebe were off Newcastle Harbour.
Off Ballykinler there were 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser and 282 Sanderling were on the beach.
A female Merlin was at the RSPB Reserve (I.Dickey)

At the Myroe Levels a single Barnacle Goose was in a small flock of 40 Greylags. 1000 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 80 Curlew, 2 Knot, 1000 Common Gull, 1 Little Egret and 5 Buzzards were seen in a quick look.

At Inch Levels in Donegal 1000 Greylag and 50 Whoopers were in a single field, just 2 Greenland Whitfronts were in the flock. 3 Sparrowhawks and 2 Buzzards were in the area and a flock of 20 Tree Sparrows were in one of the lanes.
At Big Isle Letterkeeny a flock of 700 Greenland Whitefronts contained another single Barnacle Goose.
8 Great Northern Divers were off the pier at Mountcharles near Donegal town while the only gulls of note at Killybegs were a 2nd winter Med Gull and 2 Scandanavian Herring Gulls. 184 Barnacle Geese were in a small field 3 miles west of Killybegs.

In Co. Wexford the Northern Harrier / Marsh Hawk was still present along with a Cetti's Warbler, a Water Pipit and a Glossy Ibis

Thanks to Mark Killops for this stunning picture of a Rook - just because there's millions of them in this country doesn't mean they aren't worth looking at!!

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