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Green Sand in Donegal- Inishowen Peninsula

Posted Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at 19:40 by Green Sandpiper
Had 10 days on the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, which (as I found out) is a key birding area in Ireland, encompassing moors, bogs and sea cliffs, plus a massive sea Lough (Swilly)

Sadly, this was a family holiday, so I couldn't go birding every day. Anyway, with the caveats in place...this was some of the best birding I've ever had, and most of it was done by osmosis- the birds came to me. Over the ten days, got in excess of 70 species, including a dozen or so year ticks, and...
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Previous sightings

Posted Sunday 19th April 2015 at 18:18 by Dollymos15
Here is a list of birds that I have seen previously on my walks to and from work:
Kestrel- seen most morning during February and March, hovering near the bridge.
Barn Owl- only seen once at dusk in late February, near the foot bridge
Long tailed tits- seen regularly at various points along the river.
Greater Spotted woodpecker- heard most days and seen on playing field at rear of estate.
Megansers- often seen
Great tits and Blue tits- very common
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A grand day out!

Posted Friday 17th April 2015 at 12:46 by Rick and Elis
The days running up to publishing the Wader Quest sponsors' newsletter can be, to say the very least, fraught. As a result of all the pent up stress it is always a good idea to have a day off on the day following publication and distribution, to let the pressure out of my veins and remove all thoughts of editing from my addled brain.

So, what do wader conservationists do to unwind and forget about their day to day troubles? Well they go wader watching of course...
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Villafáfila Ponds I. Bustards.

Posted Friday 17th April 2015 at 07:22 by Moncho
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The goal of going to Villafáfila Ponds was bustards. Walking towards Laguna de las Paneras I saw a good group of distant bustards flying far northwest, toward Revellinos. I could see them even closer later.

There were more than 50 bustards. This is the best place in Europe to see bustards in the mating season of march-april. There are sites with more amount but none with such concentration, within a radius of 4 KM north or east I have always seen...
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Great Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit tagging - news from Chris Hassell and the Global Fly

Posted Sunday 12th April 2015 at 16:12 by Rick and Elis
It has now been joined by six more all winging their way north; six are on the Chinese coast and one, the latest one to leave, is 370km north of Roebuck Bay over the Timor Sea.
Three Great Knots flew directly to Zhejiang Province and are in bays 200km apart. This is a flight of 5,200km. They took about 4 days so were averaging about 54kmph. One of these birds went 200km inland when it reached the Chinese coast but then swung round and landed on the coast. This track certainly surprised us!.....
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