Sunday, 23 January 2011

Bird News Sunday 23rd January

The 1st winter American Herring Gull was at Donnybrewer, Lough Foyle along with 2 Ring-billed Gulls (an adult and a 2nd winter) (D. Charles)
An adult Meditterean Gull and 80 Teal were also seen at this gull Mecca.

A Waxwing was at Ardenlee Avenue in Belfast (Keith Bennett)

The Ring-necked Duck was still at Lough Money. A Sparrowhawk was near Raholp (L. Charles)



The Ring-necked is somewhere in this pic - honest!

The Snow Goose was in fields south of Ann's Pt., Strangford Lough, along with 2 Pink-footed Geese and 530 Greylags.


It's got all it's primaries - honest!

9 Slavonian Grebe were at Greyabbey Bay South and 2 Slavonian Grebe and 100 Skylark at Herring Bay. 85 Bar-tailed Gowit were at Kircubbin, a Carrion/Hooded Crow hybrid was at Marlfield and 2 Carrion Crow just north of Portaferry



It's a Carrion Crow...honest!

A redhead Smew was at Steamboat Quay on the Quoile and another at Collector's Bay (A. Crory and L. Charles)

3 Brambling were at the Quoile Centre.

A Goosander was at Cushendall




2 Red Kites were at Ballydugan, near Downpatrick (A. Crory and L. Charles)



In Co. Tyrone 2 Crossbill (one a male singing) and 1 Merlin were at Crocknagrally Pony Trek trail nr Slieve Beagh, nr Fivemiletown this afternoon (Colin Bell)

A 2nd winter Meditterean Gull was at Ballyholme, Bangor and the hybrid Ring Billed x Common Gull was at Millisle

In Co. Armagh 48 Brambling were at a garden in Richhill (Andrew Poots)






In Co. Donegal.... 2 Smew were at Inch Lake along with 1 Pinkfooted Goose, a Ruff, 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese and a Hawaian Goose (thanks to Undercover Elephant for these sightings) 2 Slavonian Grebe, 18 Great Northern Diver and 2 Red Throated Diver were near Moville, not in Moville!


Thought for the Week
Well, there you have it - another week in northern irish birding, we hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. There was a bit of everything - birds that went 'quack quack', 'honkyhonkhonk' and "gah-gah-gah" but nothing that went 'too-whit-too-whoo' unfortunately. There were a couple of stinky moments but they didn't really add up to much and were generally ignored.
On the plus side it really does look like it's going to be a record breaking year. Leonard Charles (15th cousin 220 times removed) added 12 new species to his year list. 85 so far - the best ever and still no buzzard. And he's going to the New Forest soon. If I can leave you with one thought for the week it's this - few things in this life are true except that things could get pretty stinky, which would particularly bad if you were a big stinko.
(Hey Derek, the dial on the crapometer is pointing in direction of the nobirds team again! will they ever learn?)

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