Monday, 30 April 2012

Bird News Monday 30th April

Thanks to Dave and Orcilla Hadrick for this Tree Sparrow photo

No news worth a toot today but im sure there are some Whimberal out there!

Swifts are widely reported now the highest count yesterday was 20 at ASDA Store in Antrim (Mark Smyth)
At least 200 Swifts were at Oxford Island on Satrurday evening (me!)

Just whats going on at the RSPB Reserve in Belfast!!

 Im not going back there after these unsavoury photos showing gull cruelty off the highest order. Seemingly a Satanic Cult has made the RSPB Reserve its base and they are ritually slaughtering all the birds and then makening soup with the remains. Its just immoral.
Many thanks to Brain Douglas for these photos off a Black Headed Gull rescue at the Reserve. Brian tells us the gull is doing ok but still in a little bit off shock after being so close to that degree off stubble!!

First Butterfly Photo off the Spring!

Thanks to Ian Dickey for this Speckled Wood photo the first one off the year! Its a cracker!

Rough Legged Buzzard Photos

 Of course we dont have and Rough Legged Buzzard photos those naughty Nobirders have been up to their usual tricks! But we do have some nice Spain photos! Above Gull Billed Tern
 Calanadra Lark

 Pin Tailed Sandgrouse

 Corn Bunting
 Marsh Sandpiper and a Black Winged Stilt

 Osprey and unidentified Fish
 White Storks

 Curlew Sandpiper


Orgy in Latvia

Look away kids Stephen Maxwell sent this disgusting photo off an Orgy which he went to on his recent trip to Latvia! I dont think we should judge what Stephen does in his spare time!

Hobby Photos

 Those naughty Nobirders gave us a few laughs again at the weekend. A Skylark chaseing Hobby made us chuckle. We dont have any photos off the Merlin sorry Hobby but we do have more Baillons Crake photos!!  Lets hope no-one was stupid enough to go and look for the Merlin (sorry Hobby) O no i was, another £25 wasted on diesel by dodgy Nobirds reportss, good job i didnt go for the Rough Legged Buzzard!!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Bird News Sunday 29th April

In Glorious, sunny, nice-smelling Co. Down:
A Red Kite was at Herring Bay, Strangford Lough (Keith Bennett)

The Little Gull was still at the Quoile Pondage

2 Reed Bunting were at Cabra (Ryan Gallagher)

A Garganey was reeported near Comber, time to get the van revved up

At Ballyquintin Point a short-eared owl, 60 whimbrel, 3 white wagtail and 5 red-throated diver. North of Kearney 20 whimbrel and 3 white wagtail. South of Portavogie 10+whimbrel (Richard Weyl)

In Co. Londonderry:
A Golden Eagle was at Altikeeragh (Jeff Larkin)

Whimberals and Swifts were bloody everywhere! Reminds me off a song!

Late news from yesterday:
The Ring-billed Gull was still at Groomsport, Co. Down (Stephen Maxwell)

Here's some pics from Stephen


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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Bird News Saturday 28th April

In Wonderful Co. Down:
A Cuckoo was at Murlough NNR. 4 Wheatear were also seen (Jason Starbuck)

The Kumliens Gull was still at Ardglass (still time to get in there gull pornographers)

(more guff for the gull fiends) the Little Gull was still at the Quoile Pondage (guess who? Derk)

A Sedge Warbibibler was singing at Ballyherly (Keith Bennett)

Here's some pics from Alistair Prentice


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Friday, 27 April 2012

Bird News Friday 27th April

Thanks to Arfur McGuinness for this great photo off a Nobirds Dowitcher. I wonder where the photos off the Belfast Dowitcher got too?

In Co.Fermanagh: Late news concernes a Short Eared Owl at Inishrooske, Upper Lough Erne on Wednesday 25th (G.Knight) 

Its very near the End

Dear Comrades of all hues and preferences!

 Anyone who has come into contact with either my Turkish Overcoat or Swiss Socks will testify my reluctance to expose my past comes not through a certain shyness or coy deception, but simply because I’ve forgotten most of it due to drink and have no desire to clog my brain with irrelevant details that may cloud the issue at hand. 

However, I find It pertinent to state that at the age of two, l was to be found, Innocent but aware, in the arms of another, basking under a Donegal sun, gaining a taste for the touch of skin and rain that has never left me. 

When, at a much later age, I decided to make Ahoghill my base, little did I realise that the grey colours which surround this metropolis would rarely make way for the glorious blue and yellow that had inspired me to write my first poem, published in Ulster Scots, but would sullenly hang around, providing sanctuary for pseudo Intellectual nobirders, cavemen, rock musicians and joyless narrow boned specimens to pollute the sweet air with cynicism, beer and some very dull ludo playing. 

Obviously, there is a certain section who run against this rule and with those in mind, I have decided, oh my fair children of translucent eyes and large fat ankles, to disappear into ancient European ruins, to experience once more the exhilarating minds of my friends Plato, Da Vinci and Ciccolina, and plot the eventual destruction of open toed sandals. 

The only one who will know of my fortunes is a Spanish princess Donna Qouixute who i recently met and who has agreed to accompany me on my travels once she has finished her stint as a crooked card dealer.But mind don’t bother trying to tail her, as she once worked for the Derrynoose Secret Service and is used to such attentions. 

She is bound to secrecy and will not let any secrets or sighs into the open air, only in my presence, and, as time draws close to our departure, let me just say this: we may meet again, we may not, but as always, keep constant In your thoughts that the future is simply an invisible jigsaw for which you, and you alone, can supply the pieces to make up the full picture. And now, without further adew, let me offer you smiles, no tears, and an affectionate kiss to your tender soul.  

Last of this weeks Spain photos!

 Im sure you are all breathing a sigh off relief!! Its the last of this weeks Spain photos but we will be back next week with even more!! If only we had a website?
Above: Feeling a little Ruff!

Great Bustards!

Pin Tailed Sandgrouse in flight

More Bustards! They are class!

Its a lot more Pin Tailed Sandgrouse!

Monster Moorhen