A 1st winter Little Gull was feeding offshore at Briggs Rocks for a short time today. (Colin Guy).
2 Pink-footed Geese were in fields north of Greyabbey (Dave Allen).
2 Red Kite were at Aghnaleck near Hillsborough. At least one had no wing tags (Garry Wilkinson).
Yesterday 114 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver and 12 Long-tailed Duck were at Mount Charles in Donegal (Chris Murphy).
A Long-eared Owl was at Oxford Island. (James O'Neill).
Thanks to today's photographers, to Adam McClure, Noel Austin, Christine Cunningham, Karl Martin, Tom McCreery and James O'Neill. You can see more NI bird pictures at www.nibirdpics.blogspot.co.uk
|Red-breasted Merganser - James O'Neill|
|Goldeneye - James O'Neill|
The vast expanse of the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean is the preferred habitat of many species of pelagic animals and birds. This habitat is subject to constant strong currents, endless winds and frequently violent storms. The seemingly sparse distribution of animals throughout the region is in stark contrast to the breeding colonies of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Jim McNair describes a journey southward through the South Atlantic, across the Antarctic convergence to the Antarctic peninsula to visit colonies of Black Browed Albatross, Rockhopper, Gentoo, King and Chinstrap penguins. Colonies were patrolled by Cara Cara, Skua and Snowy Sheathbill, exploiting the abundance of potential prey and feeding opportunities. Many other species were observed against the magnificent backdrop of South Georgia and Antarctica.
In Donegal a male Smew and Green-winged Teal were off the hide at Inch Lake. A male Ring-necked Duck was at the Causeway (Garry Wilkinson).
A Black Swan was at the Tullylagan River at Tullywiggan outside Cookstown (Tony McCormick).
Yesterday a Long-eared Owl flew across the Strabane/Londonderry Road at Burn Dennett (Hazlett Harkness).
|Tree Sparrows - Dick Glasgow.|
|Wren - Lindsay Hodges.|
|Curlew - David McCormack.|
A Whimbrel was at Donaghadee.(R.Weyl)
Bloody Bridge around lunch time: 25 Red- throated Diver, 5 Black - throated Diver, 10 Great Northern Diver and 5 Purpoise sightings, between Newcastle and Bloody Bridge,16 Red-throated Diver, 9 Great Northern Diver and c100 Common Scoter.(Fulton Somerville)
RSPB Lower Lough Erne reserve had 2 Jack Snipe and 138 Common Snipe.(Brad Robson)
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|Purple Sandpiper - Mark Killops.|
|Goldfinch - Dick Glasgow.|
|Pied Wagtail and fly. - Tom McCreery|
|Purple Sandpiper - Zach McCreery.|
|Great Northern Divers - Fulton Somerville.|
The Glossy Ibis was seen in flight close to the Closet Meadow, Oxford Island this afternoon. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown). In the late afternoon, the Ibis flew north away from Closet meadows, and landed in the reedbeds at the tip of Raughlan Peninsula (James O'Neill)
5 Long-tailed Duck were off Fisherman's Quay in Carrickfergus and the adult Ring-billed Gull at the Harbour (Richard Hunter)
Thanks to James O'Neill for the Purple Sandpiper pic and Karl Martin for the Rook:
A male Red-crested Pochard was at Lurgan Park Lake (Aidan Donohoe).
The Green Sandpiper was still at Ballykeel Reservoir above Holywood and a pair of Blackcap and several Brambling in a garden in Bangor (Julian Greenwood).
An Otter was showing well below the Quarry car park south of Newcastle (Chris Acheson).
A single Slavonian Grebe was off Macedon Point and 28 Snipe were using the high tide roost at Whitehouse Lagoon this morning. The hybrid Snow Goose type was still at Glynn in Larne Lough. (David Nixon & Philip McHaffie).
A Buzzard was being mobbed by 2 Jays in Randalstown forest this morning. (Celine Boyle).
The Glossy Ibis was still at Oxford Island. (Birdguides).
Thanks to today's photographers, to Tom McCreery for the picture of the first Great Northern Diver, to James O'Neill for the picture of the Purple Sandpiper, to 8 year old Aaron Martin for the picture of the Blackbirds, to William Smiton for the pictures of the Black-headed Gull and the Jackdaw, to Colin Guy for the picture of the second Great Northern Diver, to Alex Coroliu for the picture of the Little Grebe, to Alistair Prentice for the pictures of the Goldcrest and the Fulmar, to Christine Cunningham for the picture of the Mallard and to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Buzzard, Tree Sparrow and Reed Bunting.
The 2014 series of BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) training days starts soon. This BTO/JNCC/RSPB survey is a national volunteer project aimed at keeping track of changes in the breeding populations of widespread bird species in the UK. The survey is designed to be a simple and enjoyable birdwatching exercise, while also providing critically important data on Northern Ireland’s birds. Our one day course (run on five occasions this year) will cover BBS rationale, field methodology and data submission. There is more detail about BBS online at: www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/bbs If you are interested in taking part please let me know by return email which of the following dates and locations is best for you:
Date Event Venue Cost
Sat 8th Mar BBS Methodology training day RSPB Portmore Free
Thu 13th Mar BBS Methodology training day Castle Archdale Free
Fri 14th Mar BBS Methodology training day Peatlands Park Free
Fri 28th Mar BBS Methodology training day Limavady Free
Sat 29th Mar BBS Methodology training day Castle Espie Free
There was approx 20 Great Northern Divers and 2 Red-throated Divers close in to the pier in Newcastle, a number of Purple Sandpipers on the rocks at the pier and approx 60 Common Scoter a few hundred yard out. (Fulton Somerville).
2 female Brambling were in a garden at Aghnaleck near Hillsborough (Garry Wilkinson).
The Surf Scoter was still off the harbour n Newcastle. (Birdguides).
Thanks to todays photographers, to Alex Coroliu for the pictures of the Glaucous Gull, Kittiwake and Guillemot, to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Raven, the Pied Wagtail and the Tree Sparrows, to Colin Guy for the picture of the Great Northern Diver, to Tom McCreery for the pictures of the Curlew and the Red-throated Diver, to Mark Killops for the picture of the Purple Sandpiper and to James O'Neill for the pictures of the Fulmars and the Coot.