Saturday, 21 April 2012

Bird News Saturday 21st April

In Glorious Co. Down:
An Osprey flew over Killard Pt. - flew south west (Keith Bennett)

The Little Gull was still at the Quoile Pondage (Keith Bennett)

In fact here's all Keiths sightings from today:

chiffchaff, 2, singing
water rail, 1, calling

little egret, 1, Castle Ward bay

Quoile Pondage (Castle Island hide):
little gull, adult, still
house martin, 5 [not 1]
common tern, 2
chiffchaff, 2, singing

Ardglass harbour:
Iceland gull, 1 3rd winter [not 2nd winter]
Kumlien's gull, 1 1st winter

Killard point:
osprey, 1 apparently flew in off sea, headed inland
peregrine, 1, soaring
purple sandpiper, 2, flew past

whimbrel, 1, resting
golden plover, 200, resting

whimbrel, 7, resting

5 whimbrel and 3 wheatear at Killard (Jason Starbuck)

Late bird news from the quoile pondage, collectors bay
18/04/2012 'blackwinged stilt x1 W. Murphy' Not seen today.

In Co. Londonderry:
A summer plumaged Spotted Redshank

more bird news later - i need to put food in my child's belly. It's a tough world out there.

I'm back - armed with a picture of a Blackcap by Mark Killops