Friday, 31 August 2012

Bird News Friday 31st August

Late news first!!
In Co.Londonderry: A Wood Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper were at Mullagh Lough Beg (David Steele)

Sad News!!
The escaped Goshawk in Bangor (not a presumed escape, possible escape or probable escape) has sadly beed found dead. A day out in Bangor was obviously just too much to take!

Now we are talking

 You cant beat it, Glaucous Gull photos in August!! Many thanks to Robert Taylor for these whoppers of a first summer Glaucous Gull taken yesterday in Portballintrae! It does kind of look a bit like a Gyrfalcon now i think of it!

Where's the cops when you need them?

'Dear NI Birding.

With the Sea Watch season upon us,I would ask that you warn your listeners to be very careful visiting Ramore Head.

Just yesterday I logged my first Arctic Skua of the day and was celebrating with a well earned 99 with strawberry flavouring (no flake, Mr Whippy just rips you off) from the van by the Tennis Courts when one of these Pointy Seagulls snatched it directly from my hand.

One might expect such a thing in Cleethorps or Skegness but never before in the idyll that is Portrush.

May I use your organ to request that the RUC begin shooting these creatures like they do in Argentina before another unsuspecting birder loses their Strawberry Duet. The peelers should flood the area and take them out with high powered rifle. They are nothing but animals, what's next stealing chips off old ladys?

With best wishes
yours in sport

Evander Holyfield'

A Letter from Mr Dickey

This is the view of the Skerries from my new home since the day i decided to get out of the rat race and paddle into the sunset - A cave at Magheracross viewpoint! Although its isolated the milkman comes every morning and i also get potatoes and double cream off him. I dont need eggs as i have a plentiful supply from the nesting flocks of Gyrfalcons.
The rooks are my servants and they do all my cleaning and ironing and here they can be seen begging for mercy after I discovered that they had been  meeting in secret with the McGarrys! But they claimed that they had been giving the McGarrys ten pounds a year (which is a lot for an unemployed rook) for the past 4 years and still no bird report! The Rooks think they have been taken on. I feel sorry for them, the rooks not the McGarrys.
I have no bird photos to send you as i am currently studying the Irish Bee population.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

No Gulls Please, I'm Derk

That's what Derk has to say now that moths are so fashionable - birds are about as cool as an old pair of Lionel Richie's underpants. Yes, moths are everywhere these days - inside the telly feeding on electric currents, microscopic moths that feed on detritus collected on your eyelashes and, like this one, you even get them free in boxes of Coco Pops. It's class - a Mk1 PanzerCommonRustic, there's a wee flap at the back were you can put in some baking soda - add a drop of warm water and away it goes!

Goshawk on the loose in Bangor!

There is an escaped female Goshawk in Bangor.I received a phone call yesterday afternoon from the guy who owns it.I tracked it this morning and located it in Kilcooley estate.Bird showed no interest in coming to the lure then took off down wind.Not picking up a signal on the telemetry now. Would be gratefull of any sightings of the bird which is wearing anklets,flying jesses,bell and tail mounted telemetry transmitter.

Many Thanks 


Bird News Thursday 30th August

An adult SKIMMER has been seen off Annagh Head, Belmullet Co.Mayo

In Co.Antrim: A Bonxie and Puffin were off Ramore Head

In Co.Mayo
Kilcummin Head had 1 Sabines Gull, 1 Pomarine Skua, Leachs Petrel, 1 Balaeric Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater and 23 Bonxie (Brad Robson, Joe Donaldson)

We might as well Milk It!!

A classic photo of the Gyrfalcon that is currently at the Giants Causeway! It is unringed and definately doesnt answer to the name Daphne. It is living on a diet of Black Browed Albatross's that also nest on the cliff!!

We miss Hilda Ogden

We miss Hilda Ogden a lot and Stan as well to be honest and we always had a lot of time for the Binman lodger. But the East Belfast Young Defenders Flute Band must also miss Hilda a lot as this Murial recently went up on the Newtownards Road. Thats to Stephen Maxwell for this photo of Hilda Ogdens Murial

White Tailed Sea Eagle Cave Hill (no rings or wing tags)

Spotted this adult sea eagle collecting nest materials on the side of cave hill, it doesn't appear to have any leg rings or tags so I persume its a wild bird ;-) mind you it is a fecking huge enclosure at that belfast zoo.


Is anyone there?

It's nice to contact you two muppets again. I thought that you'd gone forever more is the pity that you havent! No Gyrfalcons for you - no birds at all in fact! I can't remember seeing either of these on that thing you call a blog before, so, taken at Slieveanorra Forest, Co.Antrim yesterday are a Giant Wood Wasp and a Small Copper. Not as good as a Moth, but better than a Seagull! Lets face it the only good seagull is a dead one.
                                            Best Wishes
                                                   Andrew Poots
PS- It may interest you to know that its supposed enormous sting is in fact a very long ovipositor, which it buries deep in rotten wood when laying its eggs( Collins Guide to British Wildlife and the fact it didnt sting me!!)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Bird News Wednesday 29th August

Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for this! Ronald has really gone off the rails dont you think!

In Co.Down: 70 Pale Bellied Brent Geese were off Bangor (Ronald Surgenor) The Christmas decorations will be going up next!

Nobirds Ulster Scots Day Out to see the Gyrfalcon!

“Larry? How long before we get there?”
“Barriiee - how many times are you gonnae ask me?”
See if I’d been an Andrew, or a Derk? My name wouldnae have come out all draggy like that.
Barriiee - gonnae stop lookin' at me all the time, I'm no' in a flippin' Xabition. Play wi’ yer doll, look out the window and count the Black Ducks as they go by, d’you not you see all that lovely countryside out there?”
In the book-box in our Nobirds hide Shindler keeps a wee bird book, foreby we wouldnae recognise the birds in a bigger one, which isnae lie.
If it’s information you’re after but, Garry sometimes knows how tae find out stuff. Especially funny stuff
Mostly he's just dour, our Shindler, foreby he gets intae one of his tempers. “Single mothers, absent fathers, generation of layabouts scrounging off the benefit, the Bloody Olympics - the rest of us paying through the nose for it! Why do I even bother? These Nobird reports - disgusting! A bunch of lazy wee nothings, that's what you lot are! Even you, Garry McGarry!”
We are not lazy but. Reading Nobirds reports, counting the tenners and Flapline, not forgeteting suppressing and stringing - you name it we do it.
Garry can do Shindlers work better'n anybody, ‘cept he’s mostly got his heid stuck in some picture book instead. Big glossy pictures, that’s his favourite thing. Yesterday outta the brown backed paper section of the front street library, Garry got whole folder fulla pictures, a perfolio it’s called, loadsa glossy photos of everything under the sun: Black Ducks, Green Woodpeckers, White Rumped Sandpipers, Semi P's, Sabines Gulls, Gyrfalcons, clowns, rockets an’ landings on the moon. Neal Armstrong landed on the Moon and he brought back Rock! Trouble is we already have rock!! What he should have brought back is a squirel with a flute or a monster, we have been waiting for monsters for sooooo long....
Musta been loaned out tae hundreds that perfolio, the covers all manky, cup stains on the pictures, bits torn off the corners of photos, doodles and dents where folk has tried tae copy the rockets an’ stuff ontae tracing paper.
Thinks a lot of his self, Garry - an’ without him even seem tae realise it he can be more sarcastic than is good for anybody. Sometimes I'm left with not a lotta choice but to give Garry a few hard kicks under the table.
See when I don’t know what Shindler on about an’ cannae dae his work? I just put my mind tae somethin’ else entirely but.
See when Harry cannae dae his work? He starts cheeking Shindler. On some days Harry can get sent to the Larrys office not once, not twice, but three times.
In Nobirds we're a right case and a half but, that Barry – cannae even write his own name.
Barrys faither had the barefaced cheek to come up and kick open the hide door, stand there reeking of fags and beer, same feart look on his face as Gary, bawlin’ at Shindler, “Gonnae you stop ignoring my sightings!”
D’you want to know what my most favourite thing is? Dancing. After school, me and Larry, used to dance in to Kool FM in the kitchen, a right scream so it was.
Not in the mood for dancin’ these days but Larry.
When Harry's got work, he leaves our flat so early in the mornin' it's still dark, an’ Larrys got four cleaning jobs.
When they just don’t like you - an’ probly when they’re fed up tae the back teeth about somethin' else as well but - certain people, they use bad words on you.
Changing Barbie Garry from his trouser suit into his beach outfit is a very fiddly job at the best of times. Brain in six places at once trying tae figure out what I could come up with tae shift Larrys mood, nae wonder Garry's gold sandals have ended up on the wrong feet!
Barbie Garry was bought for me by Auntie Georgina for fifty pence at the charity shop in Portavogie, thirty-five pence for a whole bag of his outfits.
With his wee pink comb now, I'm gonnae get the tangles outta Garrys ponytail, then I'm gonnae walk him across the headrest of the seat in front.
“Look Larry- Garrys goin’ to the beach!”
With that shake of his head, that sigh, Larry turns away, looks out the window. Shoulda known better - even at the best of times, Larry doesnae have much of a good word to say about Garry.
Would you look at that but – right down to the front of the bus, rows of wee grey and white heids, half the men all baldy pink.
The only wain on this bus is me.
Me, I don’t go tae chapel unless there is an Orange Parade, i like to listen to the lovely flues and the big bass drum.
I wash the cat’s saucer twice a day but, if only God would bring Larry and Barry back to the way they were. Might no’ be a god but, so plenty of times I just out-and-out wish Larry and Barrya would hurry up an’ put their annoyances behind them.
“Hasnae even got the price of a cheap day out at Castle Espie is what my Larry telt Auntie Georgina. “Decent air in his lungs, in dire need of it so he is. S’posed tae be sunny Friday, I'm takin’ him doon the coast for the day sod the printers bill we have a Gyrfalcon to tick off.”
“Naw, them’s no his middle names, pet,” is what Auntie Georgina telt me, “You’re too wee, it’s nothin’ to dae with you, Barray, just you never mind.”
 Mostly we go to the swing park, sometimes to the swimming baths, 'cept that’s money to get in and we dinny wantin to be wastein the punters tenners. In the summer when it’s sunny, sometimes we go to crazy golf, twenty-five pence for me, fifty pence for Larry.
Waiting at the bus station for Larry coming from his Friday morning cleaning job, what do me and Auntie Georgina see but Larry running into the bus station, jacket, jeans, Bird Reports all dusty from the job he’d started up the town on Tuesday workin’ on the big digger.
“Forgot tae get the Bucky, back in a tick, I’ll just run an’ get a bottle from the kiosk.”
“’ the wain off but.”
Rufflin’ my hair, Larry tells me, “Mind an’ get plenty o’ good clean air intae yer lungs today Barry, right? Here, an’ don’t forget tae have a rare day out while you’re at it but,” he says pressin’ a crisp ten pound note wrapped around some coins intae my hand.
“Where’d that come frae?” says Auntie Georgina lookin’ at the tenner.
Whenever Larry comes out with the words NIBirding, Shindler turns away sharp as if some ghost nobody else can see has just slapped his face. Larry didnae say it at the bus station - but you could see him thinking it.
Larry and me get on the bus.
I wave goodbye to Shindler and Auntie Georgina. They dont need Gyrfalcon as they went to the World of Owls and ticked them off there.
Rain in the air -dont tell Larry - the rheumatics playin’ him up since morning, Auntie Georgina is hobbling away now, her back to us , but Larry, determined not to look at Shindler, keeps on waving tae Auntie Georgina.
“Them enamel mugs, the very jab for a picnic,” Auntie Georgina says last night to Larry, “if only I could mind where I put them. Easy make up a coupla rolls for you, Veda Bread only the best will do for you and the Gyrfalcon. Uch aye, it’s comin' tae me now – in yon auld message bag behind that five litre tin 'o Buckfast in the hall cupboard. Bucket an’ spade in there an’ all from when our Harry was wee.
Coughin’ my guts out with the bronchitis, Auntie Georgina had brought me in a whole bag of Golden Delicious, sayin’, all cheery, “An apple a day keeps NIBirding away,” which sent my Larry off on one. More like he cannae barely believe the half of what goes on, even when he’s steamin’ Larry hardly ever talks loud,he’s more of an angry mutterer you could say – but he does swear.
“Apples is it? Bastardn NIBirding more like.”
“Shouldnae swear in front of the wain,Larry. It…”
“Everywherebloodywhere you turn, bastards, rogues an’ liars - an’ I’m s’posed tae shut it, act bloody comatose? Fascist wee git of a Derk lookin’ at us like we’re no’ telin everyone of the sightings? Only Forty quid a Nobirds report, an' he’s got the barefaced cheek tae be creepin’ efter us!! Ive a good mind tae tell him where tae shove his bloody gull photos . Aye, it’s free speech fer some, but for our members.”
“Calm yersel’ doon, Larry, give yersel’ a rest. You Aquarians, y’ve a habit o’ shuntin’ yer brains intae six places at once so you have - an’ gonnae stop bitin’ yer nails, you’ve them nearly down tae the quick. An what’s the point o’ keepin’ them depression pills stuck at the back o’ the kitchen drawer?
“Tellin’ grown men they’ve tae start grassin’ each other up?
“Any sense, he’d ignore it.”
“Says in the Bible but, Larry, render unto Caesar that which is....”
“Third bloody millennium we’re in, Garry - an’ still folks is lettin’ us Nobirders get way with bloody murder.”
“Uch, we cannae be that bad off, Larry, or them tenners wouldnae keep floodin’ in. Here, just imagine livin' in countries with nae records committess…”
 Here, did you see on the TV, all them wains barefoot in the snow in that Afghanistan and not one Nobirds repeort beteen them?”“At the back o’ it all, pure greed, Nobirds all linin’ their pockets aff the back o’ ordinary folk.”
“Uch, we’re in the world Larry, but we don’t have tae be of it. I've still got my faith – what’ve you got?”
“Streets hoachin’ with young lassies on the game?
“Choices, Larry - they made their beds…”
“Im buying a mortsie lock and a bloody big chain for the door so the postman cant get the report through the door.”
“Mark my words, Larry, it's the faithful that gets comfort.”
 What about the wains, Barry, Garry, Shindler, what’s the future got in store for them? “Uch Larry, whatever did communism dae for the Russians?"
Luckily the train pulls up at the Giants Causeway and we jump off, excitement at fever pitch. An empty cage is lyeing beside the train track and there high up in the cliffs almost 2 metres above our head is Norman the Gyrfalcon. He is a migrant, a mytical migrant from the far north a place few have visited, Dervock. He takes off and soars high above us, higher and higher until he is almost 5 metres above his cage and then just as quickly as he arrives he is gone.... back into his cage. Our memory us so vivid as i can remember the ringing of the bells on his legs. Larry Larry can we head now to Castle Espie to tick off the truly wild ducks there...? Of course we can Barry and tick off Gyrfalcon in your little colouring book while i update the blog.....

Where is Ian Dickey?

Nobody but nobody has seen Ian Dickey since he got into a canoe at Portrush East Strand and paddled off towards the Skerries. We have recieved this heart wrenching poem from a Mr Canon from Ballymena. If anyone see's Ian please ring Crimestoppers or Interpol as he is now wanting in 17 contrys for dealing in stuffed animals.

Vanishing into the space of oblivion
In earth, sea or sky?
Who knows?
Gone into the wilderness
Of the unknown.
Leaving behind;
Bewildered Friends.
Watching, waiting,
Hearts aching,
Eyes peering,
Ears listening.
Minds hoping,
The door will open,
The vanished will return.
Like the prodigal son,
The man from Jessops will say;
"Come into my shop ,
Oh! Ian, how we missed you".

Bird News Tuesday 28th August

In Co.Antrim: An Arctic Skua was off Ramore Head (John Edwards)

Both Flapline and Nobirds Blog both lead with the ESCAPED Gyrfalcon. Remember folks it costs 10p to get that information and £10 to join. What next? This is Flapline, A Rockhopper Penguin is showing well in its enclosure at Antrim Road Zoo!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

More Black Tern photos!

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for these Black Tern photos (we believe it is unringed!!) taken at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve


Cosmic McGarry had a horse a Pantymime Horse, a Co.Down Pantymime Horse. The Pantymime Horse was completely average and also it had virtually no good qualities but could bake you a Malteser Square in under 30 minutes. But it wanted to be more perfect in every way. It especially wanted to become beauty unparalleled.
One day the horse said to Cosmic McGarry, “0 Cosmic, you have given me little beauty . You have given me no good qualities. I am so grateful to you. But how I wish you could make me more beautiful. I would be extremely, extremely grateful if you could make me more beautiful.”
Cosmic McGarry said, “I am more than ready to make you more beautiful. Tell me in what way you want to be changed.”
Pantymime said, “It seems to me that I am not well proportioned. My neck is too short. If you can make my neck a little longer, my upper body will be infinitely more beautiful. And if you can make my legs much longer and thinner, then I will look infinitely more beautiful in my lower body. Also puff pastry confuses me and i can't make head no tail of your Blog and please throw in a Nobirds Bird Report 2007 - 2011. Also you could get me a white phase Gyrfalcon who can sit on my Pratt Hat”
Cosmic McGarry said, “Amen!” Then immediately he made a camel appear in place of the horse, a Pantymime Camel!. Pantymime Horse was so disheartened that he started to cry, “0 Cosmic, I wanted to become more beautiful. In what way is this kind of outer form more beautiful?”
Cosmic McGarry said, “This is exactly what you asked for. You have become a Pantymime camel.”
Pantymime cried, “Oh no, I do not want to become a  Pantymime camel I wish to remain a  Pantymime Horsehorse. As a Pantymime Horse, everybody appreciated my average qualities. Nobody will appreciate me as a Pantymime Camel.
Cosmic McGarry said, “Never try to achieve or receive more than you have been given. If you want to lead a desire-life, then at every moment you will want more and more. But you have no idea what the outcome will be. If you cry for a longer neck and legs, this is what will happen. Each thing in my creation has its own good qualities. The Pantymime Camel is not as beautiful as you are, but it carries heavy loads and has a tremendous sense of responsibility. It also doesnt have a Pratt Hat so think on.....
I will get you a Nobirds report no problem but it will be £40 and why do you hang around anyway everyone laughs at you behind your back...
Pantymime now half Pantymime Horse and half Pantymime Camel just shook his head and got the number 64 bus home to Ardglass, the bus driver winked as he got on, at least someone liked him.....he was going home to wrestle with 1 kilogramme of Puff Pastry....He didnt even get a Kestrel never mind a Gyrfalcon he would have to go home and look at the escaped Gyrfalcon photos on the Nobirds Blog instead! Poor poor Pantymime.

White Rumped Sandpiper Photograph

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for this great shot of the Bann Estuary White Rumped Sandpiper. Those Naughty Naughty Naughty Nobirders and Flapline said that the White Rumped Sandpiper was a juvenile although it looks like an adult to me. I think the above photo confirms this!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Gyrfalcon, Newcastle Co. Down

I shouldn't do things like this really as I'm a responsible human being, now that I've risen from the lazarus pit, but I couldn't resist

Go on, admit it - a Silver Y moth is much, much better than a wonky ringed Gyr. Or is it a Scarce Silver Y? Or a Beautiful Golden Y? Or a Plain Golden Y? I'm not very good at these things. Do you know what? It must be a Scarce Silver Y then, maybe somebody would be interested enough to confirm this for me. I'm not interested in pet Gyr falcons - who is?

Bird News Monday 27th August

In Co.Antrim: The escaped Falcon has been seen again at the Giants Causeway and it has a big black ring on its leg. (according to the Nobirders its now a presumed escape!!) An escaped bird is an escaped bird unless they are going to try and claim its from a ringing project in Greenland. Put nothing past them. How much petrol and peoples time and money have they wasted on reporting this???? Naughty naughty Nobirders and these are the people adjudicateing on your records!!! Time for resignations?? We hope so! Add this cock up to their ever growing list! Think it could be time for a rant!!

The Nobirders are still unbelieveable and useing phrases like "it may not be truly wild" and "following the Gyr excitement" What planet are they actually on. We have photographs of the Gyr but we are not going to use they because its an escape. Its not a possible escape or a aprobable escape or whatever phraase the Nobirders use on the Blog or Flapline its an escape. Their stupidy has cost lots of people lots of money. If you wanat to see a Gyr even closer up contact us and i will give you several owners of Gyrs!

In Co.Londonderry: 6 Garganey and a Spotted Redshank were at  Lough Beg

In Co.Down: The Black Tern was still at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve

Gyrfalcon photo! It is one honest Guv!


After hearing reports of a large white falcon on the giants causeway last week I was chomping at the bit to get back out (I've pantomime horsed), but having to work for a living is a bitch! then I remembered I'd photographed a strange white bird while I was up around the giants causeway area last wednesday but being extremely hung over from drinking the local home brew the nite before I'd forgotten even taking the photo until now, in fact i forgot i even had a camera. As well as the home brew i also drank 4 Baileys and 6 vodka all in a pint glass! I was that drunk i forgot where i had parked my horse and ended up sleeping in a fushia bush behind the pub.
After extensive research on the internet and looking at photos on your (naughty, naughty) sisters Nobirds McGarys ( we will make some up as we dont have any of our own)birding site I can only come to one conclusion, I photographed the Gyrfalcon just as it swooped down for a chunk of veda and mistook the thing for a glaucous gull, what a plonker! I feel that much of a Plonker im going to join the Nobirders! I should have known better when I'd heard the jingle of its little bells (its a key identifying feature of out of place falcons) I know you guys wont let me tick it but the Nobirders will! Joy to the Nobirders!! Does anyone else think the Nobirders photos looks very like a drunk and dishevelled Fulmar, perhaps the same Fulmar that was drinking with me in the pub???

Ronald (im ticking the Gyrfalcon) Surgenor

Gyr Falcon photos!

 Dont be daft! Well at least we are not that daft! Save your deisel money and dont go for the escaped "Gyr" its probably back in its cage by now. Go and see the Ring Billed Gull at Groomsport instead. Thanks to John Collins for these photos

New Restauarant Donaghadee!

Dear Mister Derek's it hangin'?
The Boys have almost exhausted the supply of Honey Buzzard Ale. They 
leave for Belfast tomorrow and my brother-in-law who owns the restaurant 
next to the 'shap' is treating them to his speciality dish of Ortolan 
Bunting and sauteed spuds.
The Boys have suggested that he serve them up with bowls of Champ ( 
mashed potatoes and spring onions ... or'scallions' ) with their heads 
poking out.
I showed The Boys the wonderful photograph that you took .. Mister Derek 
... at the Barmouth of the hundreds of Manx Shearwaters and one of them 
said 'there's tons of them wee boys on the Copelands'.
They have asked my brother-in-law to be Head Chef at a new  seafood 
restaurant that they intend to open in North Down.
I have attached a poster.
I have to skedaddle now Mister Derek
Courtesy off our Turkish Correspondent Stephen Maxwell! 

Bird News the weekend!

In Co.Antrim: A Hen Harrier was at Divis in the Antrim Hills

In Co.Down: An Arctic Skua was off Donaghadee (James Robinson)

In Co.Down:
A Pied Flycatcher was at St Johns Point (Jason Starbuck, David Steele)
2 Meditterean Gulls and an Arctic Skua were at Donaghadee (James Ribinson)
A Black Tern and Spotted Redshank were at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve)

In Co.Antrim: 9 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie and a Glaucous Gull were at Ramore Head. A juvenile Sabines Gull was reported, its an extremely early date for a juvenile.
10 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua and 3 Great Skua were off Portstewart (Matthew Tickner)

Now now now where do we start next with those naughty Nobirders?!!! They are soooo naughty but at the end of the day they are there to educate us??!!! Their words not mine!! A White Phase Gyrfalcon in August!!!! If it is a Gyrfalcon and that is far from clear on the absolute awful photo they produced then put it out with the caveat "probable escape" Wild Gyrfalcons do not occur in the UK and Ireland in August, end of story. Just for the record several escaped Falcons and Goshawks are on the loose on the North Coast and on Friday i seen a hybrid Saker resembling a Gyr being flown not far from the Giants Causeway on Friday and a chat with the Falconer led to the discovery of several large falcons and Goshawks on the loose in the area. I will post photos later!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Interesting Corner

Welcome to interesting corner where today we have something especially interesting (if you are interested in 1km grid square records of this particular species of moth) So there you are, I can be certain that at least one person in the universe will find this interesting thus legitimizing my choice of title for this post. If somebody other than myself is to find this interesting then that would double my forecasted popularity rating for this post. Thankyou for being interested.

PS If you are interested in finding out just exactly where the specific irish grid location for this moth is please email privately

Nearly New for Ireland!?

No sign of Derek, he told everybody he was away to Inishbofin but we all know he's holed up in Killybegs stuffing 5 yoyo notes behind the tertiaries of a tasty looking gull hybrid from estonia

Here's one of them there Brown Kind-of-Yellow-y Striped Non-Flounced Carpet Sandpaper Underwing moths. Obviously this is the first confirmed record for Ireland - and to think I found it on the inside of a discarded Country Fried Chicken container at Murlough NNR. That must bring it up to oooooh I dunno - 496 species of moths recorded at this site?

Hypsosigia? Hyposparagus? Hip-hopyepigye..................Hypsopygia glaucinalis, aye that might be it, finger lickin' good.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Weekend Gull Photos!

 Rators are indeed the new Gulls so here are more photos of the Hobbys from the Montaighs!