Saturday, 22 January 2011

Bird News Saturday 22nd January

A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Drumgay Lough in Co. Fermanagh

In Co. Down a Ring-necked Duck (presumably the Lough Cowey bird) was found at Lough Money and the redhead Smew was along the the river near the Quoile Countryside Centre. (Dan Bailie) A first winter male Scaup was also on the River Qouile.

At Portaferry 2 Sandwich tern were at the marina, Marlfield had a large passerine flock with 30 yellowhammer, 10 Tree Sparrow, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Greenfinch, 100's chaffinchs. 100 skylark also in area.

At Greyabbey 9 Slavonian grebe were in the south bay. Kirkistown had 120 golden plover and 1 female merlin.

Kearney had 5 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Pochard passed.

Mount Stewart had 20 greenfinch in the gardens (Thanks to Keith Bennett for the above sightings from the Ards Peninsula)

A female Goosander and 24 Waxwing were at Ballycastle, Co. Antrim (check blog for some awful photos of these two!)

Near Rossglass 40 Skylark, 50 Linnet and 200 (yes 200) Tree Sparrow were in a ploughed field!

At Larne Lough 52 Pinkfooted Geese and a first winter Meditterean Gull remain at Ballycarry Bridge

11 Brambling, 2 Blackcap and a Lesser Redpoll were in a garden in Belgravia, Belfast. 2000 Eider were off Grey Point, 30 Knot and 40 Black-tailed Godwit at Kinnegar Horehound, Co Down

A Brambling was in a garden at Killough, 10 Tree Sparrow and a Twite were at Tyrella. 500 Common Scoter, 5 Scaup, 20 Razorbill and a Common Guillemot were off Murlogh.

15 Yellowhammer were along the Belfast Rd, Comber.

Above: a Blackcap has been seen in a garden at an undisclosed location somewhere in Northern Ireland - here's the picture to prove it but we cannot reveal the identity of the photographer as it might compromise national security!

The Goosanders were probably still at Loughislandreavy but you would have needed a thermal imaging camera to see them in the mist.

On Strangford Lough a Long-tailed Duck was off Mountstewart schoolhouse (H. Thurgate)

At Newcastle 8 Black Guillemot were off the Rock Pool and 52 Turnstone, 157 Redshank and 3 Purple Sandpiper were at the high tide roost.

Here's a Tystie pic

At Dundrum Inner Bay South Lonely Larry was present (just think of how lonely he'll be when Barry and Harry go off to China!) along with 14 Goldeneye and 350 Brent Geese (D and O Hadrick)

Here's another one! (for free)

Green Island, Dundrum had 15 Grey Plover and 10 Bar-tailed Godwit and at Ardilea there were 13 Black-tailed Godwit and 106 Lapwing

Go on then - here's a pic of 2 Tysties

Off Ballykinler there were 675 Common Scoter, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Razorbill and an Eider. A Kestrel and 73 Golden Plover were also seen.

In Co. Antrim a Long-tailed Duck was off Fisherman's Pier, Carrickfergus (D. Nixon)

Seeing as we don't have enough Mallard pics on this blog and that due to the shortcomings of Harry Larry and Barry they'll soon be extinct here's one from Stuart Broadley

Thanks once again to Nigel Snell for these shots taken at Killard Point last week. Visit Nigel's websites or we'll ignore the United Nations and invade your country.

Oh aye, and this little fella was kicking about the place at the Priory in Drogheda - Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat

Things are looking up. According to Leonard Charles (Derek's 15th cousin 16 times removed) this could well be a record year. He added Common Gull, Grey Wagtail and Blackcap to his list today.


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