Wednesday, 31 July 2013

NIBirding 31st July, start of autumn tomorrow yippee!

This morning at Lady Bay one of the Little Gulls remain, its now in almost full 2nd winter plumage. 
Yesterday, A Balearic Shearwater was off Ballyquintin Point, Outer Ards. This is the first record for this site (Keith Bennett)
 Another or the same? Balearic Shearwater was seen off the Copelands along with an Arctic Skua and a Roseate Tern

Thanks to Alistair Prentice for the Hobby photos

And thanks also to Cecil Henning for these Cattle Egret photos

 Thanks to Iris Millar for the 3 butterfly photos

 From here on its Maderian holiday snaps!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

NIBirding Tuesday 30th July

This morning (Tuesday) the Hobby is still at Brackagh Moss, Portadown (Clifford Sharpe)
Yesterday an adult Little Gull was still at the RSPB Reserve in Belfast (Keith Bennett)
Nobirds McGarry Watch
You have to check their site this morning, they have put on a photo of a Red Legged Partridge sitting on a sofa in someones sitting room!! Abssolute classic, you couldnt make it up!! That blows their high browed, snobbery approach out the window and they also posted a sighted of an escaped Parakeet as well! Im telling you it will be budgies and canarys next, i promise!
I was talking to birders at the weekend and i was asked did they really post a photo of a Reed Warbler at a nest? I had to tell everyone they did.
A few photos of the Cattle Egret from Randlestown

 Thanks to Christine Cassidy for these Buzzard photos which has taken up residence on her roof!

 A Grayling photograph above and a Black Guillemot with an unnamed fish below both courtesy of Iris Millar.

 Three from Stephen Maxwell and another showing for those that have requested it off his photo with wee Daniel! Who is even sshorter than wee Eoin Quigg from Dungiven, remember him, well wee Eoin now thinks he is Pele (true story) No sign of Janet Devlin however she is still very busy making her first album, working title, "I cant really sing" Look forward to that on Youtube.

 Finally a few Orchids from Donegal, who needs Sandplovers!

Monday, 29 July 2013

NIBiridng Monday 29th July

Two birds dominate this weekend with both the Cattle Egret at Randlestown and the Hobby at Bracckagh Moss present all weekend. The Egret can be particulaly difficult to find as it is often in a field on its own well away from any livestock. We had no problem finding it ourselves as someone was looking at it as we pulled up!
 Thanks to Iris Millar for these two shors of the Cattle Egret

 Thanks to Mark Killops for the photos of the Hobby and below some video of it!

 Thanks to Ian Dickey for the photo above, the crows are called Larry and Barry according to Ian
 The rest of todays photos are a fine selection of beasties from Ronald Surgenor and include Northern Irelands most venomous fish! Final photo is a phone picture of the Pectoral Sandpiper at the Reserve.