Monday, 27 August 2012

Bird News the weekend!

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

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

Saturday:
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!