Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Bird News Wednesday 27th April

Congratulations sto Gavin Ferguson and friends for finding and photographing Northern Ireland's first Pallid Harrier. Very cool bird! Its on our Northern Ireland list already! It has been confirmed as a first summer.
Many thanks to Gavin for allowing us to use his photos.

In County Down

The 2nd calendar year male Ring Necked Duck was still at Templewater, Castleward (John Edwards)

A Cuckoo was heard at Murlough NNR (Ted Rolston)

Single Whimbrels were at Dundrum Inner Bay South, Green Island, Ardilea and Dundrum Inner Bay North. A Red Kite was over the Blackstaff River

A Wheatear was at Murlough NNR.

In Co. Armagh:
13 White Wagtail on Oxford Island Cafe Roof this morning. (Ed O'Hara)

In County Antrim
A Ring Ouzel was on Slemish Mountain (no sign of the Pallid Harrier) (Jeff Larkin)

A Whitethroat was at the Giants Causeway (Mark Smyth)

Thanks to Allen Gillespie for these photos of Purple Sandpipers coming into summer plumaged. I like these so much I'm not sticking anymore photos on today (unless somebody sends me some better ones.....which would be tricky!)

Fuerteventura Update:
Thanks again to Dave and Orcilla Hadrick for this update

"Just back after a grand day out - started at Belancuria with Canary and a fantastic Blue Tit, loads of Turtle Dove. Then on to the beach at Puerto de los Molinos for some us time and a seafood cafe that served good food when we wanted it. Lastly on to Derek's favourite evening spot at the cultivated area near La Oliva - still no Sandgrouse but great substitutes - 2 Houbara Bustards plus 2 Cream-coloured Courser, Trumpeters, Berties and Lesser Short-toed Lark."

"More evidence that Casa Wally is operating in the area. Found a flock of Muscovy Duck, even worse Egyptian Vulture and Ground Squirrel are missing!"

"Long day at the beach watching Little Ringed Plover, with young, chasing off Kentish Plover. Greenshank and Whimbrel also present, for dessert found a Barbary Falcon near the villa. Discovered the reason for lack of Barbary Partridge, they are bred in captivity for release prior to the hunting season!"

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