Thursday, 30 December 2010

Bird News Thursday 30th December

Thanks to Keith Bennett for these sightings from the Ards Peninsula today:

Greyabbey: this morning 4 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Greenland White-front with greylags on field between Greyabbey and Mount Stewart. No sign of any snow goose this morning. 1 Little Egret at Ann's point.

Kircubbin: Little Egret at marsh by Maxol

Portaferry: 1 Sandwich Tern at marina

Ballyquintin: 7 Woodcock

Cloughey: 1 Little Egret at beach pool

Kirkistown: 500 Golden Plover.

Millin bay: 4 Yellowhammer and a Stock Dove on fields just S of bay

Greyabbey bay: 7 Slavonian Grebe.

A white Chaffinch and 2 Blackcaps were still in a private garden in Hillsborough
A Twite was at Ballyhornan village - 1 Skylark was at Killard, a Sandwich Tern was at Mill 
Quarter Bay.
A Stonechat was near Kilclief.
10 Waxwings were along the Shore Road in Belfast. An adult Intermedius Lesser Black Backed Gull was at Whitehouse Lagoon (why isn't this news at top of page?)
10 Yellowhammers were on private farmland at Ardilea, Dundrum Inner Bay North.

8 Goldeneye and 6 Little Grebe were south of the Downshire Bridge and 4 Goldeneye and 2 Little Grebe were on the north side.

69 Brent Geese were at the mouth of the Glen River, Newcastle.

In Fermanagh at least 10 Scandanavian Herring Gulls were at Enniskillen Dump. Two hybrid gulls probably Glaucous x Herring were also present. A North Eastern Jackdaw was present as well.

A Great Northern Diver was off the mouth of Larne Lough (Ronald Surgenor)

A Little Egret was also present but we can't tell if it was Harry, Larry or Barry

It was a bit misty out today

I give up

In Co. Donegal 2 1st winter Iceland Gulls were at Killybegs. 2 Adult Scandanavian Herring Gulls and a Great Northern Diver were also seen.

140 Barnacle Geese were at Kilcar.
At Mountcharles there were 3 Slavonian Grebes and 24 Long-tailed Duck. Donegal Bay is a fantastic place for Divers, 39 Great Northerns were counted around the bay.

A Black-throated Diver was at Rossknowlagh and 1800 Common Scoter were at Mervagh.

Thanks to Nigel Snell again from these shots - check out Nigel's websites before the world ends tomorrow night:

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