Friday, 31 January 2014

Friday 31st January

The male AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at Reedy Flat, Lough Neagh.

Might as well end the week with another McGarry booting, they have really excelled themselves this week! In their latest free advertisement (im sure its not free!) they do an awful write up on the brilliant New Breeding Atlas, its absolutely dire and worth a read on its own. Their write up would nearly put you off buying it but dont it is excellent. However they forget to mention how Tawny Owl features in the latest Atlas but tellingly they say isotope analyses on Great Spotted Woodpecker feathers prove that the Irish breeding popultion comes from the UK. No surprise there but at least its proven, i do wonder how they are getting on with the Tawny Owl feathers? Hope they release the results soon, i want to know if i can tick it or not they do have feathers dont they, i hope they dont have to come and ask me for my feathers!

The latest Pacific Diver photo has gone pyshadellic. The photographer who doesnt want to be named is from the Belfast area and took the photograph standing in Draperstown Main Street. He does own a camera, honest!

Some Spoony photos, no not Spoon Billed Sandpiper but the Spoonbill at Castle Espie. I hate Spoon Billed Sandpipers and Pacific Divers! 


Thursday, 30 January 2014

NIBirding Thursday 30th January

The Pacific Diver was still at Lough Fea, Cookstown this morning. However at 11.20 it flew high, circling and then disappeared in the direction of Cookstown. It hasnt be relocated as yet. (Christine Cassidy, Theo Campbell)

........and then it turned up again.

Good old Nobirds, when they get on a roll they are almost unstopable!! A couple of classic on the one day, saying there was a Black Throated Diver 5 metres offshsore and posting a photo of a Great Northern (which was also seen), lets see the Black Throat photo Nobirds!!
And now they are advertiseing themselves as the "Bring and Buy" people of Birding in NI!! You want something sold just let them know, maybe some old welly boots, a stuffed Great Auk or even old Nobirds reports (no resale value in them!!) But buyer beware, check how much commision they would be wanting, knowing them it will be about 50%, flights to pay for you know!! Just where has all the money gone? I hope all the money has gone into the isotope analysis of the Tawny Owl feathers, it was from the Isle of Man you know! They do have feathers dont they?

The following note and photo was sent in by the finder of the Roof loving Nobirds Great White Egret, he wants to remain nameless as being a Nobirder makes even mad people laugh at you. If i remember rightly this is the 4th unsubstansiated Nobirds Great White Egret they have reported in the last 2 years, and guess what none have been seen again, makes you wonder! Well it doesnt really, shows just how desperate and stupid they are.

"Last night I was fairly tanked up on Tramadol and went into a state of
suspended animation whilst watching the last 2 episodes of series2 of
The Bridge and the first episode of Hinterland on the I Pad ( all dark
and brooding ).

I must have dosed off for a while as i remember dreaming about Great
White Egrets flying over the Moat Park"

Another brilliant photo of the Pacific Diver below, kind of reminds me of the good old days when Andrew had a camera! The photographer wishes to remain annonymous

Thanks to Ian Dickey for these Great Northern Diver photos. I still havent seen the Pacific Diver, im not going either, if Andrew twitched it im not interested. Some Siberian Chiffchaff photos as well. Where are all the Thailand photos?


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wednesday 29th January

They just keep on trucking, making up complete nonsence as they go along, yes its the Nobirds lads with yet another classic. They tell us that there have been 5 Glossy Ibis reports this year, they are on safe ground there but then they tell us that there could be up to 3 birds responceible!! Pure class and a touch of genius as well, where do they actually think up this stuff. They must lock themselves in a room and have a "Buck Stupid Convention" every month. It would be great if they could educate us as to the reasoning behind this. As none of the reports have been ringed birds we do not know if 1 wide rangeing bird is responcible, 5 different birds or any combination in between. Unless there is proof to the contrary then they have to be treated as seperate birds, to pick a number like 3 is typical Nobirds, keep it up lads!! By the way where has all the money gone? 

None of your old close ups of the Pacific Diver on here, we much prefer photos like this, sent in by John Caughey. We suspect John photographed the Diver from nearby Draperstown 6 mile away, next time John try and get a bit closer to the lake.

Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for the first 3 photos and then yet more Grey Phalarope photos, we are not finished yet either, its either Phalarope / Chiffchaff photos or gull photos! Pacific Diver photos are for wimps


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Tuesday 28th January

The Pacific Diver was still at Lough Fea, Cookstown this morning (Tuesday)
I am not going to see it, ive given up on birds, ive bought a Moth Trap.
Andrew forced me to look at the Nobirds Blog as he said they had produced yet another Nobirds classic!! This time a Great White Egret sitting on a roof at Dundonald!
Well i near fell off the seat laughing they are absolutely class long may they continue, dont ever stop guys, pity your making birding in Northern Ireland a laughing stock, no problem to you guys!  
Thanks to Ian Dickey for the wader photos and some photos of the male Ring Necked Duck. You will notice the lack of Pacific Diver photos on this blog, i hate Pacific Divers


Monday, 27 January 2014

RSPB Blefast Lough Reserve Notice

Belfast Lough nature reserve will close at 1pm this Friday (31 January) as work begins on the Belfast Window on Wildlife (WOW) refurbishment project. The visitor centre and trackside hide will be inaccessible but the roadside hide will remain open until further notice. The reserve is expected to fully re-open in September and regular updates will be posted via the RSPBNI Facebook page.
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Northern Ireland Headquarters Belvoir Park Forest, Belfast, BT8 7QT
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Pacific Diver update

The Pacific Diver is still present at Lough Fea (David Nixon, Ted Rolston) 
But come on its only a Diver, im not even going to see it. I see the Spoon Billed Sandpipers are back today at Pal Lok in Thailand, typical!
Thanks to Andrew Poots for the Yellowhammer photos. Andrew advises that Christmas Cake is the best way to attract Yellowhammers to your garden

 We cant get enough of these!! Grey Phalarope photos taken from Ian Dickeys one man submersibal

Monday 27th January

Spoon Bilkled Sandpiper or Pacific Diver? Thats an easy one! Problem is we dipped the Spoon Billed Sandpiper, i have changed my name to Andrew. All the way to Thailand and dipped those bloody Spoon Bills, only i could do it! Am i now the only man in Ireland who hassnt seen Pacific Diver? Im not going to see it either, i dont know where it is and im not going to use a Nobirds map to find it!! Gulls are much better, here is an adult Med Gull its class and some Great Northern Diver photos from someone who i forgot who sent them so apologies to them! Great Northerns are much better than Pacifics (and Spoon Billed Sandpipers)