Friday, 24 December 2010

Bird News Friday 24th December

Thanks to Geoff Campbell for these sightings from today and some great photos as usual - Christmas has come early for us, thanks Geoff!

Make sure to visit Geoff's website for loads more christmas treats:

20 Waxwings were in Ballyvoy (photographs), another 10 in Ballycastle and a Merlin over Ballycastle. Also one of the Goldfinch at my feeding station. A field just outside Coleraine has a minimum of 600 Skylark, also Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Reed Bunting and at least one Brambling.

In Co. Armagh 30 Brambling, 35 Tree Sparrow and 3 Yellowhammer were in a private garden at Richill (Andrew Poots)

Thanks to Mark Montgomery for these photographs from Andrew's garden.

Above: Co. Armagh bird bonanza by Mark Montgomery

Thanks to Keith Bennett for these sightings:
Killard point - at least 10 Woodcock, 50 Snipe (they were everywhere), 100s Skylarks, 4 Yellowhammer, 1 Merlin, 1 Grey Plover, 10s of Redwing. Portaferry - 1 woodcock at edge of A20 just N of town. At Kilclief - 1 Little Egret flew by, 1 Greenshank. At Islands Park, Newcastle - 1 female Brambling, 10s of redwing, 5 Lesser Redpoll (all Keith Bennett)
In Killough 6 Brambling (3 of them male) and a Meadow Pipit were in a private garden in Killough.

3 Brambling were in a garden in Waterloo Park in Belfast and a Meadow Pipit along the North Circular Road 

A male Brambling was in a garden near the sports field at Lagan Valley Country Park.

A Snipe was at the Shimna Bridge in Newcastle and another in a field beside the east edge of Tollymore Forest Park.
40 Snipe were feeding on roadside verges and fields between Carnfunnock and Drumnagreagh hotel, Co. Antrim today.

Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for thses sightings from around Lagan Weir, Belfast:

Make sure to visit Ronalds Flickr page here, or we'll start calling you names:
13 Black guillemots displaying

2 Coots were on the seaward side of the weir

as well as 3 Little grebe, 7 Mute swans, 2 Mallard all within 40m either side of the weir

Bridge-end Train stop had good numbers of Fieldfare, Redwing and Blackbirds and 3 Bullfinches flitting around.

A Little Egret flew over moat park, Dundonald.

3 Little Egret were at the Floodgates in Newtonards.
A mystery is developing at Dundrum Inner Bay South - now Harry the Egret has turned up but there's no sign of Larry or Barry. Also present were 12 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Greenshank and 2 adult Whooper Swan.

Dundrum Inner Bay mini-mega

A private garden at Ardilea, Dundrum, had 52 Blackbird, 18 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush and 4 Mistle Thrush...until a Sparrowhawk spooked everything, so there might be one less of one of the above. The Ardilea River had a drake Tufted Duck.

Another private garden at Ardilea had 20 Yellowhammer and a Treecreeper.

29 Golden Plover and a Grey Plover were at Tyrella.

Newcastle Rock Pool had 300 Redshank, 74 Turnstone and 11 Purple Sandpiper - 2 Teal were offshore.

I now have 3 Fieldfares and 6 Redwing in my garden.

Late News from Wednesday:
10 Waxwing were at Tesco car park, Yorkgate, Belfast (Nathalie Donnelly)

Thanks again to Nigel Snell, visit Nigel's websites or we'll send you a christmas jumper


Above: Cutest birds on the planet?

Tunisia Update:
'Gale force winds and sandstorm yesterday, went down to Libya border today - 1 first-winter Great Black-headed Gull, 2000 Slender-billed Gulls, 35 Caspian Tern, 5 Black Wheatear, 3 Moussier's Redstart, 5 House Bunting, 30 Rock Sparrow, Lanner. Also cheesburger with a well-known type of blue-veined cheese on it.'

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