|Colder and windier than it looks|
January 2nd and another walk added lapwing, cormorant and purple sandpiper along the coast and moorhen in the Marina plus a sparrowhawk in the garden and a mistle thrush at the Rathmore shops.
January 4th and the first day at WOW was one of the windiest and wettest to date. The wind was in the NW and blowing straight at the observation room windows so it was actually difficult to see out as the view was blurred by sheets of rain.
|Looks better than it was, note high water levels!!|
January 8th and a nice cold walk along the Lagan towpath from Lambeg to Shaw's Bridge did not produce the hoped for kingfisher but did add buzzard, little grebe, mute swan, wren, jay and song thrush to the 2018 list.
January 10th was very foggy but it cleared for an hour and I was able to walk the Seacliff Road end of the patch to Ballyholme and back.
|Can't see Carrick.|
This added great black-backed gull*, great-crested grebe*, pied wagtail*, brent goose, guillemot* and grey heron to the patch list and four of these (*) to the 2018 list. An afternoon trip to Groomsport added black-throated diver and little egret to the 2018 total.
Finally before I post, a second day at WOW/Kinnegar produced 43 species and upped the patch list and the 2018 list. WOW added meadow pipit*, pied wagtail, buzzard, mute swan, coot*, peregrine*, dunnock, eider, grest-crested grebe, goldeneye*, cormorant, red-breasted merganser* guillemot, black guillemot and ringed plover. 2018 birds are starred. Highlights were a plump of moorhen - over 80 of them, stonechat, and 2 peregrine.
|A plump of morhens|
|A spring of teal|
72: Red-breasted merganser
52: Black guillemot