Friday, 29 July 2016

Manx Shearwater

 The internet connection is good out on the Copeland Islands but modern day living is not always a good thing. This Manx Shearwater logged on the Nobirds Blog to hear the latest bird news and it was just too much for him and he had a bit of a moment but he recovered and checked out the Nobirds Records Committee Blog and the result can be seen in the photo below, it was pretty catastrophic and is a stark warning to all you kids at home, go chasing Pokemons rather than checking Nobirds it is far better for your health. The Manx Shearwater died so no happy ending to this story although Andrew added it to his Birds Ive Eaten list, the best list I have is Moths Ive Killed in the Garden List, I love that one

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Of interest to Obsessives Only

701 species of moth at a sand dune near me. Nobirds will be crap. Reliability is the orbital enemy of productivity. Disgraceful.

Good old Nobirds

 My friend Engelbert Humperdink rang last night to ask if I was ok. While agreeing that Fermanagh is the best birding County in Ireland apart from that colossus Co.Tyrone Engelbert was wondering why I hadn't given those boys at Nobirds a booting at the same time. I told Engelbert that there was no point as they are officially brilliant. They have produced no bird report in 9 years, overseen the demise of the NIBA, spent all the money (don't mention the money I did but I think I got away with it) removed anyone with a degree of sense, made Northern Ireland the top spot for birding in UK (who can forget UKs first Steppe Buzzard, Belted Kingfisher and the Pacific Diver that came back from the dead or was that the Spoonbill!), operated three complete shite blogs (why not operate one good one, radical idea I know!), they think the WOW Reserve is actually WOW! and generally promote birding in Northern Ireland to a point where outsiders think the only birds we get here are Reed Buntings and Common Sandpipers (that is apart from the constant stream of Megas) As I said to Engelbert I am leaving them alone to I read their 2009 - 2016 Bird Report it must be due out by the end of the Marching season. Here are more photos of a real rarity the Little Ringed Plover!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Fermanagh better than Wexford

 There is little doubt that Fermanagh is better for birding than Wexford, that's a given but these photos prove that the Round O in Enniskillen is better than Tacumshin. Over the years all the rare birds that have turned up there they have never had a Ring Billed Gull and that's a fact, but the Round O has, comprehensive proof if proof where needed that the Round O is the place to be! It has also had Wood Duck (take that Tacumshin) although how it got there with only one wing remains a mystery but it didn't come any closer than one metre, the local Mallards come as close as 2 inches again proving it was wild. It also has had Thayers Gull rubber stamping its credentials. Also you cant attract the rarities at Tacumshin with bread, you never see a photo of  a Greater Sand Plover with a slice of Brennans in its bake or a Western Sandpiper getting beat into a Veda but that's maybe because they don't have Veda in Wexford! Its much better living and birding in the North, we should do another report to prove it!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

More photos!

 The Plover is proving very popular, here are some photos kindly sent by Paul Kirkpatrick

More photos!

 A few more shots of the Mr Plover Man, much nicer than aGreater Sand Plover, they look like yuk
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A real bird at Last!!

 In Nobirds La La Land there are loads of rare birds, very rare birds. its almost better than being on the Azores at times or that dump in Wexford Tacumshin! Its very strange that all are single observer records none are ever photographed or sound recorded and they all fly away never to be seen again. In the real world of Birding most rarities are multi observed and photographed its just Northern Ireland has that problem why is that!
When I heard Norman Milligan had found a Little Ringed Plover I thought ha ha a real bird at last I think I will go and see that. Why did I think It was real because Norman is a real birder, careful and honest. Norman sickened everyone's liver when he found and identified Northern Irelands first Ivory Gull and since then has found many more rarities in Northern Ireland and Scotland
So I sauntered down to Belfast and hey prestso a Little Ringed Plover and I managed some stunning photos! Some of them may be seagulls or terns! Well done Norman!