|View from the road, sorry about the tape, they are still working at it.|
|The observation gallery|
|Sand martin bank|
The following day I took a drive with Tanya and a couple of friends to Kearney, Killard and the Quoile pondage. The strong NW wind meant that the birds were not singing and keeping hidden yet we still managed 39 species including a flock of around 200 golden plover on the beach near Kilcleif Castle. Most of these were well into breeding plumage and were a sight to behold. We also saw a carrion crow in Strangford close to the ferry terminal, and a jay on the way to Castle Island where high water levels and the strong wind made viewing difficult. There were still a few goldeneye around and a small party of brent geese near Killard.
At long last I did an early morning walk on the patch today and added reed bunting to the list. There were two song thrushes singing loudly and most of the regular birds were singing or calling. A sandwich tern gave a fly past and there were good views of wren, dunnock, bullfinch, goldfinch, greenfinch and linnet - all singing and calling. As you can see it was quite a spectacular sunrise.
|Low tide at Smelt Mill Bay|
|Looking East towards Bangor|
|The sun breaks the cloud|
The final port of call today was Scarva for a walk along the canal towards Poyntzpass. There were at least four chiffchaff holding territory and we lost count of soaring buzzard including three over the tea room at Scarva and a soaring sparrowhawk over the village. Managed to dip out on swallow and martin but they are hopefully on the way.
57 meadow pipit
59 reed bunting