Thursday, 11 February 2016

Belfast WOW

I didn't think there would be a post today but the light was good, the camera was primed and the birds were on form. I had 43 species today at WOW including golden plover, barwit, blackwit and 600+ dunlin. We even had oystercatchers for the first time in a long time and I finally got cormorant, goldeneye and eider as well using the scope at Kinnegar.  Considering there were no feeders that was pretty good. As usual it helps to have 5 people working scopes and reporting in so as the rest of us could lock on to birds. Phyllis picked up a hen pheasant, Kenneth spotted a little grebe, Gerry scoped three mistle thrushes and Dennis found a pied wagtail.The high tide roost was spectacular as 60 barwit, 400 blackwit, 10 golden plover, 600+ dunlin and 140 lapwing wheeled and displayed. A female sparrowhawk lifted a snipe and the buzzard sat in his tree. All was well with the world and when I got home there were siskins on the feeders!!

Moorhen, teal, shelduck

Mute swan

Shelduck

Siskin (F), goldfinch, greenfinch

Siskin
Wow patch
51 Little grebe
52 Goldeneye
53 Cormorant
54 Eider
55 Pheasant
56 Golden plover

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