Thursday, 14 April 2016

Spring has sprung

At last we have migrants. The Broad Water near Moira last week had singing chiffchaff, swallow and sand martin. Kiltonga near Ards yesterday had singing chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap. WOW today had willow warbler and there were sandwich terns at the Kinnegar. The mediterranean gulls are showing signs of nesting and a swallow was observed - but not by me. The tern island has been covered with tape and CDs to keep the gulls from nesting. The trick is to strip it back when the terns arrive but before the gulls can take over. Hopefully Chris will get it right.

View from the roadside hide
Swan nest from the lane hide
Tufted duck from the lane hide

Swift tower is ready for action

WOW patch list:   63 Brent goose
64 Sandwich tern
65 Dunnock
66 Willow warbler
67 Black guillemot

West Bangor patch list:
55 Raven
56 Lesser black-backed gull
57 Goldcrest

2016 list 
123 Raven
124 Swallow
125 Willow warbler
126 Sand martin
127 Sandwich tern

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