Thursday, 30 June 2011

Bird News Thursday 30th June

In Co. Antrim:
A Buzzard was seen diving and catching prey near the Logwood Plant Centre, Newtownabbey (Gavin Ferguson)

6 Whinchats (yes six!) were in the Antrim Hills

A Quail was reported in Ballymoney

Co.Down:
We are all awaiting word if the 2 Whoopers were seen again at Dundrum! Andrew are you out there?

'Hi Derek, yes the 2 Whoopers were seen by Bob Shaw yesterday - great birds, much more interesting than Quail and Whinchats'



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Ring Billed Gull flight shots

The Ring Billed Gull at Ballycastle continues to be well photographed, this time by Ian Dickey. Ian says that he got into a fight with other photographers on Sunday and he ended up throwing Annie Lennox and Justin Beiber into the harbour. Ian said he had no choice after they made disparageing remarks about Daniel O'Donnell. Fair play to Ian.


Spot the Bird 306



Answer to 305: Great Crested Grebe

More Moths - 30th June

Hmm, no moths for a couple of days, a terrrible state of affairs!! Here's a Brimstone for ya!


Wildflowers

Its all too easy to overlook Wildflowers while you are out and about but hopefully Ian Dickeys stunning photographs will make you stop and look at what is at your feet! Orchid special tomorrow!




Thanks Ian

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Bird News Wednesday 29th June

In Co. Down:
The 2 Whooper Swan were still at Dundrum Inner Bay South (boring!)


Thanks to Mark Killops for this great shot of a Sedge Warbler
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Spot the Bird 305



Answer to 304: White-breasted Kingfisher

O No its more Ring Billed Gull photos!

What can you do? We don't want to put anymore photos of this bloody gull on but we don't want to upset ace photographer Jimmy Sommerville who sent us these pictures of the ugliest girl in Ballycastle (and thats up against stiff competition mind!)
Jimmy travels round Northern Ireland with his point and shoot and this is the first time he has sent us any photos, so folks we had no choice but to use them, sorry!



Random Wednesday

Not much happening at present, out of Turkey photos and writers black as well! Its not a good time to be me on this blog. Andrew keeps tweeting complaining and wanting to put some chook photos on, the embarrasement of it all. But luckily Geoff Campbell has sent 3 great photos. Who cares that we can't identify them someone always emails and tells us!




Many thanks as usual to Geoff, check his photos at gcampbellphoto.co.uk they are that good they maake me want to cry and throw my camera off a cliff!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Bird News Tuesday 28th June

In Co. Down:
The 2 Whooper Swan were still at Dundrum Inner Bay South

4 Spotted Flycatchers (2 adults, 2 juveniles) were at the Ulster Wildlife Centre, Crossgar


The Reed Warbler was again at Sydenham Conservation area


Thanks to John Edwards for these Spotted Flycatcher photos taken yesterday









and check out this tasty Tystie photo by Nigel Snell
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They're thieving brutes - nothing new learned there but let's hope one fo Derk's 'friends' does the same to him one day, that'll teach him

Important Non-birding Announcement

For all of you who might miss Daniel O'Donnell in concert never worry - there's always tickets available for the wee man from Strabane! Not only do you get Hugo Duncan but also the famous yodelling Kenny Archer singing about his cows - check out this link for a dose of northern irish culture:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVx2r2yxZJM

.....and if you like that you'll love Curtis Magee with his version of 'My John Deere Tractor'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZmKVVyT4XE&feature=related

....and who could argue with Farmer Dan and 'Spuds spuds spuds'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4jaPsrdKhY


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Answer to 303: Collared Pratincole

Bird News via Twitter

Here is what a Bee-Eater looks like if you ring Flightline and follow the Nobirds Blog. Suppression and mis-information now appear to form the backbone of their Organisation.


Here is what a Bee-Eater would look like if we get the information. We suppress nothing unless its rare breeding birds.

So to try and help the flow of information we are going to put out all rare and scarce bird information via twitter. This will include updates and we will then merge all the updates on the Bird News every evening. We don't get many rare birds in Northern Ireland but what we hear about we will make sure that people who want to see them will get every oppurtunity. The ruling elite i am sure will continue to charge you for information they want you to hear about and keep the good stuff to themselves and their croonies. Good for them.


Megas this spring (contrary to the post on Nobirds blog) have been:


Great White Egret (Twitchable)

Avocets

Great Grey Shrike Binevenagh

Purple Heron (Twitchable)

Pallid Harrier

Hawfinch (late news)

Great Grey Shrike (Slievenacloy, Twitchable)

Montagu's Harriers (Suppressed)

Bee-Eater

Marsh Warbler / Blyths Reed Warbler.


So there have been 10 (TEN) Megas this spring in Northern Ireland of which three have been twitchable. At least two of the others could have been twitchable if the news had of been broadcast in time. So there you go and we are not even a bird information service, how hard can it be? And we don't charge a penny!

Sorry (once again)

I have to apologise once again for Andrews actions yesterday. We have had a mountian of complaints about Andrew once again putting on a photo of a chicken. I am trying to raise this blog into a serious bird blog but he keeps dragging it down. So to try and make amends here are 2 fantastic photographs by Ian Dickey of a Whinchat enjoying the glorious summer weather. I promise everyone that one more chicken photo and he is gone.


Thanks to Ian Dickey for a couple of stunners!

Local Celebrity

He has been on UTV,BBC,CHANNEL4 and now we feature him on our blog! He is the famous Wall Walking Oystercatcher off Portballintrae. Originally from Portnoo in Donegal he married a girl from Portballintrae and moved there 3 years ago. In the summer he entrertains the tourists by walking up and down the wall in the harbour and doing backflips with double pike. He charges 10p per flip to the amazed tourists. In the winter he does a bit of decorating.
He has also entered the Oyster eating championship at Hillsborough and William Hill have installed him as 2-1 favourite. His stage name is Oinky Oyster but his reaal name is Pat.
Many thnaks to Geoff Campbell for this great photo, you can check more of Geoffs photos at gcampbellphoto.co.uk

Ring Billed Gull madness (part2)

It was standing room only at Ballycastle on Sunday with the cream of Northern Ireland Bird Photographers lined up snapping away at the Ring Billed Gull. We are very lucky that another photographer has sent us some photos for our week of Ring Billed Gull madness. So many thanks to Shirley Bassey for these great images.




Thanks Shirley

Monday, 27 June 2011

Bird News Monday 27th June

For all you Bee-eater fans out there the REAL location of the Bee-eater at Donaghadee was the Killaughey Road - hmmm, it seems it would have been better if the nobirds team were operating a telegram service.


In Co. Down:
2 Spotted Flycatcher were at the Ulster Wildlife Centre, Crossgar

A pair of Spotted Flycatcher were feeding 3 young at Castle Espie (John Edwards)

A Reed Warbler was at the Conservation area on the Harbour Estate

2 Whooper Swan, a Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Wigeon were at Dundrum Inner Bay South (I don't believe it)

The pair of Mandarin Duck were still at Newcastle Boating Lake

In Co.Fermanagh
A Crossbill was seen in flight at Monea. (Brad Robson)


What?! No bird photo?!! Have a free pants picture of a chicken





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Important Non-birding Announcement

We had to bring this to your attention - it could be your last chance to see the legend for a while by the looks of it!

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Answer to 302: Barred Warbler

Ring Billed Gull madness (part1)

The best non suppressed bird in Northern Ireland at present is the Ring Billed Gull at Ballycastle and many thanks to Evette Shipiro for these fantastic photos





Sunday, 26 June 2011

Bird News Sunday 26th June


Look at the tongue on that Ring Billed Gull! (photo courtesy of Deirdre Kempston)

BEE-EATER UPDATE
Is the Bee-eater one of the most distinctive birds ever to be seen in Northern Ireland. You would think so. However the mystery of the recent sighting deepens. The locality of the sighting given on the NOBIRDS Bog is Cloghy Road, Donaghadee. Well well what do you know this road does not exist. No sign on google maps and a google seach turns up one entry for Cloghy Road Donaghadee and guess what site it leads you to, yes you've guessed it NOBIRDS. No wonder it hasnt been seen again because it was seen on a road that doesn't exist. Suppression and mis-information from the organisation that charges people to ring for Bird Information and members £10 to twitch birds that either don't exist or at locations that don't exist. Surely its time for it to disband.

In Co. Antrim:
The Ring-billed Gull was still at Ballycastle

2 Mediterranean Gulls were at Glynn Station, Larne

(Lesser Butterfly orchids are out at a site 2 miles north of Ballycastle on the Ballintoy Rd)

In Co.Armagh
A Reed Warbler as at Oxford Island (Mark Killops and Tom McCreery)

In Co. Down:
The 2 Whooper Swan were at Dundrum Inner Bay South

2 Mandarin Duck were at Newcastle Boating Lake




Above: Winner of the Grottiest Duck of the Month Competition



....and his missus.


And in case you didn't hear right yesterday the Nobirds team successfully suppressed another Northern Irish rarity the other the day - 2 suppressed rarities in less than a month, that's pretty good going lads. By the way, the exchange rate for Gambia isn't looking too good.

Late News From Yesterday:
A Whimbrel was at Killard Point (Jason Starbuck, Scott Young, Drew Middleton and Stevie Stewart)



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Cloghy Road Discovered!!!

For all you Bee-eater fans out there we've found the Cloghy Road at Donaghadee - long thought to be a figment of the Nobirds teams imagination we've managed to find out exactly where it is. It's in Tierra del Fuego.