Monday, 25 February 2013

Bird News over the weekend!

In Co.Fermanagh. Yesterday the Blue Phase Snow Goose was seen at Lough McNean, it was observed from the watchpoint at Hanging Rock.
An adult Yellow Legged Gull was at nearby Enniskillen Dump (Keith Bennett, Keith is takeing this year list challenge too seriously!)

In Co.Down: The Green Winged Teal was seen again at Barr Hall Bay on Saturday (Keith Bennett)
Also on Saturday Keith had a pair of Velvet Scoter and 12 Long Tailed Duck off Murlough. Another Long Tailed Duck was off Killowen Point Carlingford Lough, a huge drop in the numbers wintering there.(Joe Devlin)
An adult Meditterean Gull was at Ardilea (Dermot Hughes)

In Co.Antrim: The flock of 25 Snow Buntings is still at Hightown Quarry, Glengormley.
A 1stw male Long Tailed Duck was still in the harbour at Rahlin Island (Neal Warnock)
A 2ndw Meditterean Gull continues to haunt the shore at Whiteabbey

In Co.Armagh: The Little Gull continues its lonely vigil at Craigavon Lakes.
The hybrid athya duck resembling a male Lesser Scaup was seen again at Oxford Island

In Co.Donegal: A Black Necked Grebe was found at Inch Lake on Saturday (Christine Cassidy et al) 2 male Smew were also present. The lake froze over during the night but the Black Necked Grebe was unbelievably refound by Neal Warnock off Inch Pier yesterday afternoon.
5 Slavonian Grebe were off Blanket Nook (Neal Warnock)
850 Greenland Whitefront were at Big Isle Letterkenny.
Scoter numbers have plummetted in Donegal Bay and the reason isnt apperent. Normally there are around 1500 Common Scoters off Mervagh / Rossknowlagh but at the weekend only 50 - 100 were seen, very worrying. A Black Throated Diver was off Rossknowlagh
At Killybegs 4 1stw Kumliens Gull were in the roost on Saturday and totals of 10 Iceland and 8 Glaucous Gulls were recorded.