Monday, 30 September 2013

CRANE update

The Crane is still at Myroe / Roe Estuary this morning (Eddie Veder)

NIBirding Monday 30th September, a bucketload of photos!

 It was the Myroe / Keith Bennett / Christine Cassidy show yesterday. First of all Keith found a Crane at the Roe Estuary. Eveyone including myself thought Keith was on the Magic Mushrooms as there are a lot of them about at the minute (he also seen 2 American Golden Plover and 2 Pinkfooted Geese) We decided to meet Keith at the nearest Starbucks (were once again Keith didnt buy us any Coffee or buns!) and do a drugs test. Unbelieveably Keith passed the drugs test so we went flippin eck lets get to Myroe! At Myroe the Crane was still there and had been joined by a Christine Cassidy and Ray! Shortly after Jeff Larkin found a Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Buff Breasted Sandpipers! Its a mad place that Myroe! Here are a great selection of Christines photos of the Crane, Pec Sand and Pink Footed Geese, although secretly i think Ray took the Pectoral Sand photos as they are particularly good! Thanks Ray and Christine!

Thanks to Ian Dickey for these Brent Geese in Storm photos

And finally some Little Stint photos, bottom of the pile today!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sensible People....

.......have sensible pastimes - moth trapping for example

Pectoral Sandpiper - Myroe Levels

A Pectoral Sandpiper has been found at Myroe Levels, Co. Londonderry (Jeff Larkin)

Bird News 28-29th September

Derk is off on a secret mission down south to dump all his old copies of nobirds reports in a bog somewhere before the weapons inspectors kick down the door of his house. And well he should - those things are lethal.
Thankfully it's been over 4 years since the last one and the potency decreases with each year - more fool all those people who've been shelling out a tenner a year expecting the next one to drop through the letterbox.

In Co. Down:
At Burial Island at 12.30 a long-tailed skua and an Arctic skua. At Kearney a merlin and a chiffchaff (Richard Weyl)

3 Wheatear and 4 Curlew Sands were at Belfast Lough RSPB

5 Jay and a Little Gull were at St. John's Pt.

In Co. Donegal:
A juv. Semi-palmated Sandpiper was at Derrybeg

3 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiff-chaff and a Lesser Whitethroat were on Tory Island (Derk)

A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Bloody Foreland

Here's a picture of the Crane at the Roe Estuary by Keith Bennett

In Co. Londonderry:
2 Pink-footed Goose and a Common Crane were at the Roe Estuary. 2 American Golden Plover and 3 Ruff were at Myroe Levels (Keith Bennett)

21 Pintail and an adult Little Gull were at Lough Beg (David Steele)

A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Myroe Levels (Jeff Larkin)

In Co. Down:
3 Jack Snipe were at Belfast Lough RSPB

At Burial Island between 10 and 11.30 27 red-throated diver, 520 Manx shearwater and 4 common scoter (Richard Weyl)

In Co. Armagh:
16 crossbills in Fews Forest near Newtownhamilton, Armagh (Dermot Hughes)

Migrant News:
Some people have to go all the way to Tory Island to see rarities, some people have to look in their back garden

Diamond-back Moth

Silver Y

The Vestal

Dark Sword Grass

......and here's some pics form the bark garden of notorious biscuit thief Ken Clegg

Ginger Nut

 Custard Cream

Chocolate Digestive

Friday, 27 September 2013

NIBirding Friday 27th September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh this morning
A couple more rarities from Wexford, Semipalmated Sandpiper and White Winged Black Tern