Thursday, 23 December 2010

Bird News Thursday 23rd December

A trip around part of Dundrum Bay and Newcastle produced:

At Island Park, Newcastle, there was a male Brambling, 45 Redwing, 24 Goldfinch, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 26 Chaffinch

Dundrum Inner Bay South was half frozen but there were still 218 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Goldeneye present and guess what? Harry and Barry the Little Egrets are still there! No sign of Larry though.

16 Grey Plover were at Green Island and a Buzzard was in farm fields across the road.

At Ardilea there were 6 Little Grebe and a Lapwing was standing in the middle of the road for some reason. A Snipe was doing the same thing around the corner.... for some reason.

A private garden at Ardilea had 39 Blackbird, 22 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush and 16 Redwing.

A different private garden at Ardilea had 16 Yellowhammer and 2 Treecreeper.

16 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Redshank and 40 Turnstone at Newcastle Rock Pool - 6 Goldeneye, 4 Red-brested Merganser, 6 Razorbill and 2 Black Guillemot were offshore. A Purple Sandpiper and 4 Redwing were at Newcastle Harbour

That Fieldfare is still in my garden dominating the apples - he's eaten 6 Bramley apples since yesterday. He must have serious indigestion.

10 Pink-footed Geese were seen in flight at Belfast Lough RSPB and a Waxwing, a Blackcap and
large numbers of Long-tailed Tit were in a private garden in Comber

Thanks to Craig Nash for sending in these photos of a Merlin and Short-eared Owls at Killard Pt. today. (there was 50+ Woodcock and 30+ Snipe there yesterday) Check out Craig's Blog or you'll be sorry you ever messed with us

In Co. Antrim a Waxwing was in a garden in Ballygally. 186 Greylag were at Church Bay and 69 Pink-footed Geese in the next field. 37 Brambling were in a garden at Island Magee and 18 Brambling were in a garden in Whitehead.
In Co. Fermanagh 11 Brambling were at Monea

In Co. Tyrone a Goosander was on the River Derg near Killeter Co. Tyrone and a male Hen Harrier near Killeter 

Late News from Tuesday: a Little Auk was seen at the Maidens off Larne

Thanks to Geoff Campbell for another great photo of a Waxwing. Make sure to visit Geoff's website or we'll set up a facebook page against you.

Thanks again to Nigel Snell for these pictures of Fieldfares that visited his garden yesterday - visit Nigel's websites or we'll set the dogs on you.

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