Saturday, 29 January 2011

Bird News Saturday 29th January

A Red-necked Grebe was at Greyabbey Bay South along with 8 Slavonian Grebes (K. Bennett)

The Snow Goose from Anns Point has relocated to Lady Bay, Lough Neagh near Portmore Lough.

2 Ferruginous Duck hybrids were at Craigavon Lakes - one looks awfully like a Ferrug so probably explains the reports of a bird from there. Th returning male hybrid was present and this is an obvious hybrid. The other bird closely resembles an adult female but it is almost Pochard size and head shape is also more Pochard like. Plumage pretty good for Ferruginous.
2 sinensis cormorants were also present. (D. Charles and W. Veale)

Here's a shot of a Siskin by one of our many anonymous contributors

A Bewicks Swan the first recorded this winter was at Cullyhanna with Whooper Swan flock. 2 Pink Footed Geese were at Ross Lough Crossmaglen (J. Devlin)

First winter Ring Billed Gull at Whitehouse Lagoon and a first winter Iceland Gull at the RSPB Reserve. Peregrine Falcon alse at reserve. (K.Bennett)

A male and female Brambling were at Reedy Flat, Co. Armagh

20 Waxwing were on the Raveenhill Road, Belfast
12 Yellowhammer at Magherafelt

5 Goosander (drake and 4 females) were still at Loughislandreavy near Castlewellan

Yes, it's 'dodgy goosander shot of the week' time

At Dundrum Inner Bay Larry the Lonely Egret was at the South Bay along with 3 Greenshank. At the north bay Larry's former friend Barry the Egret was present along with a Greenshank, a Snipe, 95 Lapwing and 12 Black-tailed Godwit.

Here's a completely complimentary rubbish pic

A Red Kite flew over towards Downpatrick and 6 Yellowhammer were on farmland nearby.


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