Friday, 31 December 2010

Bird News Friday 31st December

A redhead Smew was at Lough Island Reavy near Castlewellan.....

........along with 3 Goosanders (a pair and a new fem./imm. bird). 6 Goldenye and 23 Tufted Duck were also present. (A. Crory)

Above: Not quite as bad as the recent Slav Grebe shots

The drake Ferruginous Duck was at Craigavon Lakes, a Mealy Redpoll was also present (D. Charles) Also on the lake was the returning male Pochard x Ferrugunious hybrid and in the trees 50 Lesser Redpoll and 20 Siskin

10 Waxwings were at Mayo Drive Ballycastle today (per G.Campbell)

A Red Kite was seen near the racecourse on the Ballydugan Rd. at Downpatrick (H. Thurgate)

Murlough NNR Reserve Newcastle today had 800 Common Scoter (does anyone else think thats an estimate?) 100 Great Crested Grebe, 1 male Long-tailed Duck, 10 Red Throated Diver, 8 Scaup, 250 Sanderling, 100 Knot and 50 Dunlin. (K.Bennett)

At Reedy Flat the finch flock now had at least 4 Brambling! (they were sitting in the one bush and therefore easy to count!) 50 Tree Sparrow and 20 Reed Bunting were the best of the rest. 20 Greylags and 60 Whoopers were on the shore.
At nearby Ardmore Point 45 Whoopers and 6 Greylag were inthe fields and 60 Lapwing and 120 Wigeon on the shore. Another 20 Whoopers were near Oxford Island.
A Merlin was near Ballyronan and 506 Whoopers were at the Creagh Toomebridge. OK OK a flock of 6 were in a single field and there was a big herd in another field and i was doing 70mph being chased by the Police.

Finally i went to Portmore, i don't know why i go to Portmore, i don't know why anyone goes to Portmore but i seen some Tree Sparrows. Whoopee do, nice birds though.

A juv. Whooper Swan was at a private pond between Seaforde and Loughinisland (P. Crory and J. Coburn)

Finally at the Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint today Dave and Orcilla had a fantastic lunch and the Guiness was frankly much better than any bloody seagull or Redshank. Can't argue with that.
15+ Goosanders were on the River Maine at the footbridge between Randalstown Forest and Shanes Castle. Another Goosander and 7 Gadwall were west of Cranfield Point.

30 Slavonian Grebes were between Ballykelly and the Roe Estuary, Lough Foyle. A female Merlin and a Peregrine were at Ballykelly. 4 Yellowhammer were nearby at Broighter Rd. Another Peregrine was at Myroe.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at East Strand car park, Portrush
On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough 1,178 Scaup (yeah really who counted that on New Years Eve!) and a male Long Tailed Duck were off Loughshore Park. The intermedius type Lesser Black Backed Gull was still at Whitehouse Lagoon (may have to go and investigate this as i have no idea how you can tell this from a Baltic Gull!)

Thanks again to Allen Gillespie for these superb shots of Fieldfares taken recently - a great way to end the year!!

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