Friday, 15 April 2011

Bird News Friday 15th April

Many thanks to Ronald Surgenor for his pictures today, they are simply stunning. Think Manx Shearwater is a new one for the Blog although i think we might have had Black Guillemot before, but even if we did have one before you can't get enough of them, especially if they are like Ronalds photo!

Purple Sandpiper, look at that plumage!

Where did that woman go? Shopping again?
Do they really make Eiderdown out of my feathers?

No words needed!

On the way to the Isle of Man!

In Co.Down
Ronald Surgenor was up at 5.30 am this morning and is on a boating trip out of Portavogie. Small numbers of Manx Shearwater (maximum flock of 18) as well as Guillemots, Gannets and Eider.

At Strickland Park a pair of Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were seen. In Bangor Harbour 13 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Eider and 5 Turnstones were on the shore. Also Black Guillemots who follow Ronald around (we think he throws them fish now and again)

The adult Glaucous Gull was still at Portavogie

A Long-eared Owl was at Moneyscalp, near Bryansford (P. Crory)

In Co.Antrim
3 Twite were at Glenarm and a Dipper nearby at Glenarm River (Olive Broderick and Anna McCoy)

10 Wheatear were at Slievenacloy (Jimmy Summerville)

A male Merlin was at Feystown, near Glenarm (Willy McNamara)

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