I finally got curlew for the patch and a small flock of flyover brent geese
|Spot the curlew|
I nearly walked past it, but it moved and there it was. A good camera would have got an excellent shot but I had to make do with the ipod camera so it is blurry. Nevertheless it is superbly camouflaged on a stony beach and if it had not moved I would still be looking.
The other piece of bird news was a twitch at St John's Point for an NI first - a red-flanked bluetail. I visited on a chilly, windy Tuesday morning along with at least eight other birders and we dipped. Suffice to say it was found on Saturday, seen on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday and has not been seen since. Nice views here - but not by me!!
More good news is that I have a new cable and the batteries are charged. I am also looking at an attachment to digiscope with an iphone - watch this space!! I am targetting 100 at WOW and 70 in North Down. Last year I had 74 in North Down but was incredibly lucky with buzzard, peregrine and kestrel, this year I only have sparrowhawk. Anyway there are two and a half months to go so I should be in with a shout.
WOW patch list:
96 Red-throated diver
97 Grest-crested grebe
West Bangor patch list:
69 Brent goose
187 Red-throated diver