Sunday, 3 February 2013

Rare and Scarce Birds in January (Monthly Roundup)

BLACK THROATED DIVER
Co.Down:
One reported Groomsport  on 11th
Two Greyabbey, Strangford Lough 19th
A rather poor showing not helped by the poor viewing conditions most of the month

SLAVONIAN GREBE
Co.Antrim:
One Whitehead 3rd


Co.Down:
One Kirkubbin 1st - 4th
2 Strangford Lough 20th
One Groomsport 27th

Co. Londonderry
One Bann Estuary 3rd - 11th

No reports from Lough Foyle were the largest number winter.

SNOW GOOSE
Co.Fermanagh:
The Blue Phase Snow Goose was still at Lough McNean, Belcoo from 1st - 14th Janaury (D.Charles, M.Callaghan)
One of the rarest birds seen in January, this bird is not easy to locate as it frequents private land and the area isnt easily viewable. It is with a small flock of Greenland Whitefronts and this flock doesnt associate with the large numbers of Canada Geese in the area.

PINK FOOTED GOOSE
Co.Fermanagh:
One at Lough McNean, Belcoo on 26th.
Rather surpriseingly this was the only bird recorded. Birds normally winter on Strangford Lough and around the goose localitys on Lough Neagh but none were seen in January although the usual numbers of Icelandic Greylags were present.

GOOSANDER
Co.Antrim:
Two birds were at Portmore Lough RSPB Reserve from 3rd - 9th. One bird was a 1stw male and the other "redhead" was probably a 1stw female.

Co.Down:
A pair were at Lough Island Reavy, Castlewellan on 12th.
One was at Ardilea, Dundrum on 23rd.

Co.Fermanagh:
2 birds were at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB Reserve on 10th.

A typical mid winter showing.

SMEW
Co.Fermanagh:
One at Lower Lough Erne Islands on 10th (Brad Robson)

A very poor showing and the first time in a number of years that none were seen at Portmore Lough.

RING NECKED DUCK
Co.Down:
Male at Lough Money 5th-6th Janauray and 19th also (D.Charles, M.Callaghan, W.Veale)
It was then re-found at nearby Great Dam from 26th - 27th (Derek Polley)

This is at least the 6th different location that this duck has been seen at!

GREEN WINGED TEAL
Male at Barr Hall Bay, Strangford all month (Keith Bennett)
How could i forget this one!

BONAPARTES GULL
The adult at Larne was seen on the 6th -8th, the 15th and 30th January (Neal Warnock et al) It was not seen on any other dates

This gull is a pesky bugger, im saying no more!


LITTLE GULL
Co.Armagh:
The popular adult remained all month at Craigavon Lakes, Lurgan

Co.Down;
A first winter was at Briggs Rocks, Groomsport on 13th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL
Co.Antrim:
One or two adults frequented Larne / Belfast Loughs during the month and pssibly one of the same visited Briggs Rocks on the Co.Down side of Belfast Lough.

Co.Down:
An adult was at the Maltings Strangford Lough on 26th

An extremely poor showing.

GLAUCOUS GULL
Co.Antrim:
The 2nd winter was at Ballintoy on the 1st and then Ballycastle on the 2nd.
Another 2nd winter was at Whitehouse Lagoon on 12th - 21st but was very erratic in its appearances

Co.Down:
At Ardglass a 1st winter was seen on 19th and an adult on 26th.

ICELAND GULL
Co.Antrim:
A 2nd winter was reported at Ballycastle on 3rd
A 2nd winter was at McConnels Wire Belfast from 7th and stayed all month. It was almost certainly a returning individual as two 1stwinters spent the winter at this location.

Co.Down:
A 1stw was reported at Ardglass on 3rd.

After last years white wing invasion an almost collapse of records of this Northern Gull.

RING BILLED GULL
Co.Antrim:
An adult was at Carrickfergus Castle from 12th - 14th.

Co.Down: 
The long staying individual now a 3rdwinter was present in Groomsport Harbour all month.

This species has now become a rarity in Northern Irealnad

RING BILLED GULL x COMMON GULL HYBRID
Co.Down:
The returning bird was seen at Millisle on 26th.

YELLOW LEGGED GULL
Co.Antrim:
An adult was at Whitehouse Lagoon 18th (Stuart McKee)

Co.Down:
A 1stwinter was at the Maltings Strangford Lough on 26th (D.Charles, W.Veale)

This species is over looked here.

SHORT EARED OWL:
Co.Down:
One was at a regular wiwntering spot at Ballyquintin Point, Strangford on 25th and was also seen at Killard.(Richard Weyl)

Co.Tyrone:
One was seen near Omagh on 25th (Ronald Surgenor)

BLACK REDSTART
Co.Down:
One was present at Corbetts Beach, Tyrella from 8th - 26th (Joe Devlin, Clifford Sharpe)

MEALY REDPOLL
Co.Armagh:
One or two individuals were at Richill on 7th.(Andrew Poots)

CHAFFINCH:
Co,Armagh:
A bird showing characteristics of African Chaffinch was still present in a garden in Richill up to 5th.(Andrew Poots)

BUFF BELLIED PIPIT:
Co.Down:
One of the individuals was still at Corbetts Beach, Tyrella on the 1st (Andrew Crory and Ted Rolston) Lucky beggars! Rarest bird of the year so far!