Monday, 27 December 2010

Bird News Monday 27th September

A 1st winter male Goosander and a male Brambling were at Reedy Flat, Co. Armagh.

Thanks to Keith Bennett for the following sightings:
Kirkistown had 100+ golden plover.

: carrion crow at ferry slipway

Quoile: Collector's bay now half unfrozen. 100s teal, 100s wigeon, 1 drake pintail, 1 goldeneye, 10s coot, 25 black-tailed godwit. River still largely frozen.

Killard: 1 red-throated diver in bay. Point still has 10+ (possibly many more) woodcock, just a few snipe. 10 purple sandpiper on shore, 2 grey plover, 5 bar-tailed godwit, 50 each dunlin, turnstone and ringed plover.

The Rock Pool high tide roost at Newcastle finally paid dividends with a Spotted Redshank there today. Fulmars and juvenile Kittiwakes were along the Ballagh.

The drake Goosander was still at Loughislandreavy near Castlewellan - 6 Goldeneye were also present.

North Eastern or Nordic Jackdaws were seen again today with a single at Lurgan Park Lake and 3 in a flock of 50 at Flatfieldsnear Moira. These were all well marked birds and its no surprise there has been an influx.

A single Waxwing was at the Whitewell Road in North Belfast.
A Waxwing was seen at Cabin Hill Gardens East Belfast
Another 20/30 Waxwings were at Leg Park beside the Model School in Carrickfergus
Probably part of this flock 6 Waxwings were along the avenue beside the golf club also in Carrickfergus
Finally another 4 Waxwing were in Larne.

2 Brambling and 2 Blackcaps were in a garden at Ballyholme in Bangor.
4 Brambling, 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush were in a garden outside Downpatrick. Its now or neever if you want to get Brambling on your garden list!

There were 5 Long Tailed Duck, 2 male and 3 female at Fishermens Quay, Carrickfergus.

Wildfowl were much in evidence around the south shore of Lough Neagh, counts included:

Ardmore Point
64 Whooper Swans
80 Greylag Geese
2000 Goldeneye
5 Scaup
750 Pochard
110 Wigeon and a single Buzzard was also seen.

Reedy Flat
4 Greylag Geese
22 Whooper Swan
3000 Pochard as well as ghood numbers of Tufted and Goldeneye.
In a stubble field nearby 500 Chaffinch, 50 Reed Bunting and 20 Tree Sparrows were seen.

At Oxford Island 2 Greenfinchs were seen, a very scarce bird these days. Also seen were 3 Whooper Swans, Jay, Buzzard and an adult Lesser Black Backed Gull.

At Dargan Bay Belfast 4 Coot were the highlight! Don't remember seeing Coot here before but as i can't remember what i seen in Tunisia and i am only home yesterday, don't read too much into that! 6 Teal and a Turnstone were in the chanel. The usual flock of Scaup and Tufteds were in the bay.

Whitehouse Lagoon nearby had a very exciting Scandanavian Herring Gull (adult), adult Lesser Black Backed Gull and 1 Bartailed Godwit. Around 30 Black Headed Gulls out of around 200 birds were oiled.

At Macedon Point nearby 500 Scaup were lurking.

At Tyrella there were 97 Golden Plover but no sign of yesterday's Black Redstart.

Dundrum Inner Bay South had 20 Goldeneye and a drake Pochard. 19 Red-breasted Merganser were off Dundrum Harbour.

Above: 2nd Dundrum Inner Bay nearly-mega in less than a week!

...and this fella knows he's onto a good thing. He might never leave.

Thanks again to Mark Killops for these photos of Blue Tits from Christmas Eve at Oxford Island. Visit Mark's Flickr page or we'll make up a rude post about you.

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