Sunday, 16 January 2011

Bird News Sunday 16th January

Another day slow to start so here's some classic dross for the time being:

6 Purple Sandpiper were at Newcastle Harbour, 5 Great-crested Grebe and 2 Red-breasted Merganser were offshore. 45 Turnstone were at the Glen River Mouth.
Dundrum Inner Bay South had 39 Black-tailed Godwits, 780 Dunlin and 3 Greenshank.

aT LAST....!

In Co. Armagh the drake Ferruginous Duck was at Lurgan Park Lake

In Co. Antrim the Ring-billed Gull was still at Portrush East Strand car park, 2 Great Northern Divers flew past Ramore Head (Keith Bennett)

40 Waxwing were at Waterfoot

12 Waxwing along Belfast Road in Bangor and a Sandwich Tern was near Ballyholme yacht club.

4 Brambling were in a garden in Dunmurry and another Brambling was at Belfast Harbour Estate RSPB 

In Co. Tyrone 2 Crossbill were at Muckle Rocks, Slieve Beagh and a Peregrine at Fivemiletown
Lonely Larry the Little Egret was at Dundrum Inner Bay South - rumour has it Barry and Harry are on the menu this evening at Chez Veale Evening Bistro.

5 Redpoll, a Siskin and a Jay were visiting feeders at Castlewellan Forest Park (L. Charles)

Ardilea and had a Green Sandpiper. also black-tailed godwit, dunlin, redshank, greenshank, oystercatcher, curlew. Dundrum Coastal Footpath had a 2 Bullfinch, a Peregrine, Kestrel and Buzzard as well as shelduck, teal, wigeon and brent geese over the north end of the bay.
Dundrum Inner Bay South had little egret, greenshank,golden-eye,little grebe and a female red-breasted merganser mostly around Downshire Bridge. the main channel out of the bay had a great-crested grebe and a decent raft of shag feeding on the incoming tide at the entrance to the bay.

Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for the above Dundrum sightings and the photos below from today - visit Ronald's Flicker page or we'll steam up your windows.

Many thanks to a mysterious anonymous contributor for these pictures of Brambling and Tree Sparrow - 

In Co. Mayo the American Coot was still present at Tewrmoncarragh Lake and the male Green-winged Teal and male Ring-necked Duck were still at Carrowmore Lake (D. Charles et al)

Thanks to Allen Gillespie again for yet another duck surprise - what could it be today. Oh Lordy it's a Teal!

Thanks once again to Geoff Campbell for this photo of a Tree Sparrow. Have a look at Geoff's website or we'll attack the contents of your fridge.

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