Sunday, 7 April 2019

Godwit at 60 cms

As the title suggests the godwits are right up at the window of WOW feeding on millet. There were 300+ last week most of them well into their orange breeding plumage. There are over 1000 black-headed gulls but wintering duck numbers are on the decline - we are having to search for teal and only found a dozen or so compared to a high count of 600+ in the autumn. The only star bird over the last three weeks was a carrion crow. 

We're on our way to Iceland
We will hoover millet
Look water and gulls
Spot the not gull
Elsewhere spring migrants are finally hitting the shore with gannet and sandwich tern at St John's Point, chiffchaff and house martin at Moira and then swallow, chiffchaff  willow warbler and reed warbler at WOW. The coastal path added lesser black-backed gull, raven, grey wagtail and sandwich tern. The raven flew overhead as I walked up the road from Bangor.

The other highlight was a guided walk of WOW, Kinnegar and Harbour meadows last Saturday which turned up 53 species with a nice mix of winter leavers and summer arrivals including the first swallow of the year.

Looking for a kingfisher
RSPB lunch
A very interesting pile of bricks
Willow scrub
There's a fox
I'll just raise a snipe or ten
Scenic bullrush
Spot the bird
118: Grey wagtail
119: Gannet
120: Sandwich tern
121: Chiffchaff
12: ouse martin
123: Willow warbler
124: Swallow
125: Reed warbler
126: Jack snipe

Bangor West
51: Lesser black-backed gull
52: Raven
53: Grey wagtail
54: Sandwich tern

Belfast WOW

68: Carrion crow
69: Chiffchaff
70: Willow warbler
71: Swallow
72: Rock pipit
73: Rook
74: Reed warbler
75: Jack snipe

1 comment:

  1. Yes I have been on that walk with Chris and that day there were 22 Snipe! Didn't know about last Saturday