Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Bird News Tuesday 28th December

A White Phase Snow Goose (of unknown origin) was at Annes Point today near Greyabbey. Grid reference J570680
Also in the area were 4 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Greenland White-fronts. 18 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Black-Throated Diver at nearby Greyabbey Bay.

At St. John's Pt. there were 2 Raven, a Common Buzzard and 42 Golden Plover. Between there and Rossglass there were 8 Fieldfare, a Common Buzzard and 8 Teal.

Well done to Leonard Charles for re-finding the Spotted Redshank at Newcastle Rock Pool this afternoon.

At Donnybrewer 3 Bullfinch, 5 Long Tailed Tit and 40 Chaffinch at least proved something survived the weather.
At Ballykelly a flock of 300 Dunlin was attacked by a female Merlin who separated one from the rest and the chase began! I don't know who won!
Best at Myroe was a single Red Throated Diver.
2 Argantatus Herring Gulls were at Corbally Dam, Portrush

3 Twite and a Skylark at Sandy Bay Larne. A male and female Brambling and a Yellowhammer where at Curran Point Larne Lough

10 Brambling,2 Waxwing, and a Siskin were in a garden at Prospect Road in Carrickfergus.
A first winter Ring Billed Gull and an adult Meditterean Gull were seen at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast.
A Blackcap and a nearly pure white Chaffinch were in a garden in Hillsborough.
4 Brambling were in a garden in Ballyholme.
Another Brambling was in a garden this time in Coleraine

100 Siskin were at Antrim Marina (feeding on Alder) 50 Linnet and 50 Goldfinch were in gardens in and around the Parkhall Road in Antrim.
A Little Egret,2 Stonechat,1 Bar-tailed Godwit,6 Brent, 50 Dunlin, and Turnstone were at Killard Point,the large flock of Woodcock that gathered there over the last few weeks have disappeared.
60 Skylark were along Springwell Road in Groomsport and 30 Siskin just off the ring road at Balloo in Bangor

Thanks to Allen Gillespie for these spooky shots of a Hooded Crow, even spookier when you know they were taken in a graveyard.

A number of photographs have been added to our 'Red Hot Gallery' page (click on the page link here). In particular look out for the work of nearly everybody - there's over 100 photos in there so far, accept no imitations or half-hearted, slow off the mark, run of the mill attempts by competitors websites!!

Ballykinler Beach had 258 Sanderling and 2000 Common Scoter, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Red-breasted Merganser and a Red-throated Diver were offshore. 180 Golden Plover and 10 Fieldfare were at Tyrella.

Above: a free picture of a Red-breasted Merganser...to annoy that guy whose name sounds like a dairy product, the one who has an obsession with crawling around other people in the hope of improving his prestige.....as 'the big cheese' ...and failing. Merry Xmas Stinko!!

Ardilea had a Greenshank, 48 Lapwing and 6 Black-tailed Godwits. 14 Black-tailed Godwits were at Keel Pt. and 8 Little Grebe and a Red-breasted Merganser were at the Downshire Bridge.

In Co. Donegal an adult Iceland Gull was at Greencastle, a returning bird. Oh no! It's started!!!

2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver and 12 Great Northern Diver were off Moville.

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