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Old Tuesday 26th September 2006, 17:39   #401
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More dead guillemots yesterday and today - counted 32 - all appeared to be adults and starving. Saw the first few brent also + good numbers of wigeon and teal building. Checking the hedgerows found several gold crests and a an influx of tree sparrows (though a few pair do breed around balaggan point area)...
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Old Wednesday 27th September 2006, 18:56   #402
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Might be a silly question, but what is causing the Guillemots to starve ? Is it the recent bad weather is pushing the bait fish that the birds feed on into deeper water or just an overall lack of fish in the bay ??
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Old Thursday 28th September 2006, 10:56   #403
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Might be a silly question, but what is causing the Guillemots to starve ? Is it the recent bad weather is pushing the bait fish that the birds feed on into deeper water or just an overall lack of fish in the bay ??
Its generally pretty worrying - from http://www.rspb.org.uk/action/guillemots.asp:

"Commenting on the potential impacts of climate change affecting UK seabirds, the RSPB's Conservation Director, Dr Mark Avery, said: 'The seas surrounding the British Isles are among the most productive in the world and, despite decades of overfishing, they still support internationally important seabird colonies.

'But, seabirds are facing key threats as life-giving cold-water-loving plankton shift, taking the foundation of the foodchain with them. Distressing images of seabirds failing to find enough sandeels to feed their chicks is an early warning sign of worse to come.'
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Old Thursday 28th September 2006, 16:26   #404
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Thanks for the link Breffni. Very serious problem indeed, yet there doesn't seem to be that much media coverage about it.
I remember a similar story running in the BBC news during the spring about a similar problem with seabirds in the far north of Scotland.
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Old Thursday 28th September 2006, 18:11   #405
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I found one tis afternoon floating in the sea off Killard Co Down but there was also 60 Sandwich Tern feeding and 20 razorbills and five guillemots feeding at the mouth of Strangford Lough.
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Old Friday 29th September 2006, 09:32   #406
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5 ruff at Seabank last night in with a flock of black tailed godwits. Good numbers of other waders present and as usual large numbers of ducks including plenty of wigeon and some teal.

Haven't seen any brent geese yet.
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First scaup of the season in carlingford lough yesterday - as recently as 2002 there was a regular flock of over 500 on the lough - now you're lucky if you see a dozen...
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Old Friday 29th September 2006, 17:15   #408
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Had a curlew sandpiper at Baltray promenade at lunchtime (seemingly that walkway in the village along the estuary is known as the promenade).
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Took advantage of the lovely weather this afternoon and visited Seabank, Hermitage and Port. As Sandra said, large numbers of ducks at Seabank, a Red Throated Diver in quite close at Hermitage and a large number of Scoters off Port, probably a few hundred.
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Old Sunday 1st October 2006, 19:30   #410
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male surf scoter off cruisetown this morning looked for this afternoon but not seen.med gull at seabank with curlew sand & spotted redshank at lurgangreen.wheatears at hermitage include this candidate for a "greenland" wheatear
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Old Sunday 1st October 2006, 22:10   #411
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male surf scoter off cruisetown this morning looked for this afternoon but not seen.med gull at seabank with curlew sand & spotted redshank at lurgangreen.wheatears at hermitage include this candidate for a "greenland" wheatear
Not a bad day out Enda! Pretty sure I saw the spotted redshank at Lurgangreen though it flew off before I could be 100%.
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twitched the olivacious warbler on cape clear, also the toe head hoopoe and the long billed dowitcher, and a few more last weekend..nearly hit a barn owl about a mile or two south of the fane on the M1...today two good greenland wheatear candidates around belaggan point...today no washed up guillemots but saw 7 black guillemots in a group off shelling hill.
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Old Tuesday 3rd October 2006, 10:17   #413
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First scaup of the season in carlingford lough yesterday - as recently as 2002 there was a regular flock of over 500 on the lough - now you're lucky if you see a dozen...
Is there any place any in particular to go looking for the likes of scaup in Carlingford Lough or is it pot luck? Was out there at the weekend and didn't see much at all.

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Old Tuesday 3rd October 2006, 11:44   #414
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Is there any place any in particular to go looking for the likes of scaup in Carlingford Lough or is it pot luck? Was out there at the weekend and didn't see much at all.
There are a few good spots on the north side of the lough but i couldn't give directions - on the south side the bay between greenore and carlingofrd is great on a rising tide (watch from the hard shoulder - also check shilties lough, a wee inlet on the other side of the road which has produced whooper, kingfisher, little grebes, snipe, moorhen etc at very close range) next parking on the top of the road leading down to the marina is a good spot to scan for grebes, ducks etc. Further along at Omeath, again on a rising tide, the road that runs along the shore is good in that the birds are tolerant and you can get close (never found anything good there though), further along the road, the top of victoria lock is good especially for waders and ducks (green wing teal there last year) even on low tide...

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There are a few good spots on the north side of the lough but i couldn't give directions - on the south side the bay between greenore and carlingofrd is great on a rising tide (watch from the hard shoulder - also check shilties lough, a wee inlet on the other side of the road which has produced whooper, kingfisher, little grebes, snipe, moorhen etc at very close range) next parking on the top of the road leading down to the marina is a good spot to scan for grebes, ducks etc. Further along at Omeath, again on a rising tide, the road that runs along the shore is good in that the birds are tolerant and you can get close (never found anything good there though), further along the road, the top of victoria lock is good especially for waders and ducks (green wing teal there last year) even on low tide...
Thanks, that's very helpful. The tide would have been out when I was there at the weekend which wouldn't have helped.
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On Monday 9th October at 8pm in the Spirit Store, Dundalk Harbour, Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland will give a talk and slideshow on overwintering birds in Dundalk Bay, and also on the conservation work of Birdwatch Ireland. We will specifically leave 30 minutes at the end of the talk to address any conservation related questions anyone might have regarding the area. Admission is free. All welcome!

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Spotted a Barn Owl last night in the Belfry estate just off the Alphonsos road. Might be the same one mentioned earlier on in this thread.
Trying to thing where the Owl must have nested this year, as there is a lack of suitable habitat.
Possibly the outbuildings behind McArdle Moore ?
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On Monday 9th October at 8pm in the Spirit Store, Dundalk Harbour, Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland will give a talk and slideshow on overwintering birds in Dundalk Bay, and also on the conservation work of Birdwatch Ireland. We will specifically leave 30 minutes at the end of the talk to address any conservation related questions anyone might have regarding the area. Admission is free. All welcome!

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Looking forward to it Breffni, should be a very interesting evening.
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Old Saturday 7th October 2006, 16:36   #419
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Saw my first brent geese of the season at Annagassan, they were near the harbour, viewable from the road to Castlebellingham. Flock of 22. Other recent sightings included 3 wheatears at Cruisetown during the week, one certainly appeared to be a Greenland wheatear, couldn't say about the other two. 3 little egrets at Seabank today constantly fighting with each other.
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forsters tern today at cruisetown (found by Don H. & Gerry o N. this morn ) showed well this afternoon for a short time. adult med gull was also present
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forsters tern today at cruisetown (found by Don H. & Gerry o N. this morn ) showed well this afternoon for a short time. adult med gull was also present
Caught up with the forsters tern Sunday afternoon, great find.

Very enjoyable and interesting evening in the Spirit Store last night.
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A quick trip to Baltray beach at lunchtime showed plenty of waders - dunlins, sanderlings, a few hundred knots. Also plenty of gulls. It's a good place for terns so I checked to see if there were any on the off chance that the forsters tern might be there but no luck. I take it there have been no sightings of it since?
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newbie checking in

Have just recently come across this forum and have registered today.As you can see I'am not actually from Co. Louth but I do most of my birding around Cooley.I was at the talk in the Spirit Store on Monday night but had to leave as soon as it was over so I didn't get a chance to meet you all.Hope to remedy this in the future.
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