Thursday, 31 October 2013

NIBirding Thursday 31st October

See the Naughty Nobirders are at it again BIG STYLE! Still banging on about the Scrawny Owl and not using the words presumed escape!! So it must be wild!! I have heard by the birdy hotline that they will make an announcement on it shortly, along with the Baikal Teal, Brown Flycatcher, Booted Eagle etc etc! Go Team Nobirds!

Thanks to Mervyn Campbell for this selction from Portrush. Mervyn has researched his family tree recently (mainly to get confirmation that there were no McGarrys in his family history) and found out that he is the fourth cousin, twice removed, great uncle from way back to Geoff Campbell, how lucky is that!!. Mervyn also confirmed that there were no witches in his lineage, they were virtually all Maxwells!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

MONSTER - Deaths Head Hawkmoth!!!!!

Thanks to Andrew Campbell for sending in these pictures of this Death's Head Hawkmoth he found under his windowsill. I meant to put this on the other day but it's closer to Hallowe'en now so I can make it look like I know what day it is (nearly)!

Check this out - how scary is this???




AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! That certainly scares the Bejayzus out of me!

There are only around 20 records of this species in Northern Ireland - nice spotting Andrew!

NIBirding Tuesday 29th October

This morning in breezy conditions 2 Grey Phaalarope, Bonxie and 3 Great Northern Divers have been seen off Ramore Head, Portrush (Ian Dickey)
 Thanks to Christine Cassidy for this great wildfowl selection. The first  four photos show an apparent Snow Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid, then some Barnacle Geese from Myroe, Whooper Flocks and fininshing off with a couple of Brent Goose photos!

Monday, 28 October 2013

NIBirding Monday 28th October

Only bird news worth a toot was the juvenile American Golden Plover at the Floodgates, Strangford (Richard Weyl) 2 Adult Meditterean Gulls Cloghy (Keith Bennett) aand a 1st w Med Gull at Whitehouse Lagoon (Walter Veale et al)
Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for 4 photos from around Belfast inc 2 Med Gulls above

Some poor shots from Ken Clegg of Marsh Harrier and Bittern

If you ever fancy a "knees up" dont be knocking Stephen Maxwells door!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Breaking News - another one for Murlough

Another new species for Murlough NNR in Co. Down - Dioryctria abietella

Taken in early August this brings the Murlough moth total to 591 = 614 Lepidoptera. Thanks to John McClean for doing the donkey work by dissecting this brute and for taking the photos!

American Goldne Plover - Strangford Lough

A juvenile American Golden Plover was with 1000+ golden plover between 8.45 and 9.15 this morning (Richard Weyl)

Friday, 25 October 2013

NIBirding Friday 25th October

A Slavonian Grebe was at Greencastle (Joe Devlin) Carlingford Lough used to be a regular wintering location for this Grebe in the 70's and 80's.
We have reached the magic big 500 Northern Ireland Bird Reports sent out, and we havent even started yet!! At this rate we might even sell advertiseing in the report next year, make a few bob!! No McGarrys have approached us as yet but we know they have seen it although we have been told that at least 2 of the senior Mcgarrys refuse to look at it, now how sad are they!! 
I think Ian Dickey has had the Snorkel gear on again for this superb selction of photos! Thanks Ian

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Thursdsay 24th October

Two Meditterean Gulls, 1st and 2nd Winters were at Kinnegar Shore.
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 Apoligies to whoever sent us the first 5 photos, i cant remember who it was!! Old age too much wine in Portugal and just plain being a numpty and not saving the photos with a name are all too blame! Greaat photos they are as well!

 Thanks to Christine Cassidy for these Barnacle Geese photos from Mailin

 Finish off today with a rather exciting Semipalmated Sandpiper!