Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Bird News Wednesday 29th December

The white phase Snow Goose was south of Ann's Pt, Strangford Lough. In fields opposite Spring Lane (the southern boundary of Mountstewart National Trust. A Greenland White-fronted Goose and 4 Pink-footed Geese were also among the Greylag flock there.



Gen mega or not...it's a Snow Goose!!

8 Slavonian Grebe were at Big Stone Bay, Greyabbey. A Black-throated Diver and a Slavonian Grebe were off Kircubbin.
At Kirkistown 700 Golden Plover and 170 Lapwing were present.
3 Scandanavian Herring Gulls were at Portavogie and the Hybrid Adult Ring Billed Gull x Common Gull was still at Millisle.

Wawings included 2 at Whitewell Road and 6 off the Westlink, both Belfast

Back to Strangford Lough a Little Egret (maybe Larry or Barry) was at the Floodgates and 250 Pintail at the Maltings.

In Belfast Lough 2 Gadwall were at Kinnegar Pool and on the Shore there 30 Knot, 20 Dunlin and 50 Bar Tailed Godwits were present. At the nearby Reserve 200 Teal and 60 Wigeon were braving the icy conditions.

Dargan Bay held 300 Scaup and an adult Scandanavian Herring Gull.

The 1W Ring-billed Gull was still at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast

10 Brambling, 8 Siskin, a male Blackcap, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Goldfinch. 6 Chaffinch and 6 Greenfinch were in a garden in Carrickfergus

18 Tree Sparrow were in a garden in Castlerock

8 Twite were at the old sewage outlet at Luke's Point, Ballyholme Bay in Bangor
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Above: Worst photo to ever appear on any website. It's definitely a Slavonian Grebe Derek, any more lip and you're not getting your memory card back!

6 Yellowhammer were on private farmland at Ardilea, Dundrum Inner Bay North.



Barry the Little Egret was at Dundrum Inner Bay South - no sign of Harry or Larry.



Thanks to Nigel Snell for these photos of a Grey Heron in the mist at Ballo Wetland, Bangor. A Sparrowhawk was also seen:

www.nigel-snellphotography.com
www.flickr/photos/nigelsnell/








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