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Old Wednesday 8th November 2006, 14:08   #451
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Black-throated diver showed also on Monday, too far out for photography. Yesterday at balaggan point a merlin flew in from the sea, landed about 10 yards away and started preening - plumage in poor condition but it perked up after about 20 minutes and later i distantly saw that it had caught something...also saw a flash of a hen harrier, third time in the area in the last 10 days.

Later twitched little stint and white rump sandpiper at belfast reserve - both showing well (water levels are down). After that searched for goosander at larne but no joy - tide was too far out. However several long tailed ducks and a possible vevet scoter (with a large flock of eider) off carrickfergus made up.
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Old Thursday 9th November 2006, 14:15   #452
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Tried Cruisetown 3 lunchtimes this week looking for the black throated diver but had no luck. Saw a pair of slavonian grebes in among the scoters today though. Huge numbers of birds out there at the moment.
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Birding The Gambia - A Talk and Slide Show

On Monday the 20th of November '06 Lorraine Benson will give a talk and slide show about a birding trip to The Gambia in West Africa at the Spirit Store. The Gambia is one of the most accessible and affordable countries in west Africa - it also boasts over 500 species of bird. The talk will cover the birds seen on the group trip as well as some practical information on getting there (but will be interesting even if you never plan to go!).

The talk will start about 7:00pm.

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The Forsters Tern was showing well in the usual spot at Cruicetown today.
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Old Saturday 11th November 2006, 11:02   #455
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Where are there other large roosts in Louth - it would be a good way of estimating crow numbers in the area.
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On my way home this evening a large number of crows flew across the Boyne river. I pulled in and watched as huge numbers of crows flocked around, there had to be a couple of thousand, the sky was filled with them when I stood at the river and looked North towards Baltray. I watched to see where they would go but they kept flying around for about 5 to 10 minutes. At one point during that time there was a loud whoosh from the trees beside me and possibly a hundred crows all flew out of the trees together. The numbers got smaller and I assume that they landed in the trees at Queensboro. It was quite a sight and I will check there again at the same time to see if this is a daily occurance, it was dusk - about 5:30pm.
Have been checking at Baltray most evenings and this is a large roost of crows. Tommy, Sandra and myself agree that there is certainly in excess of 5,000 in this roost at Baltray. Pity that its more or less dark by the time they fly across the river so its difficult to assess the numbers.
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Old Saturday 11th November 2006, 12:47   #456
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Are we talking crows or rooks?
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Are we talking crows or rooks?
There are both rooks and jackdaws, its too dark to visually identify them but we can hear both of those bird types anyway.
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Old Sunday 12th November 2006, 16:32   #458
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good day today ,forsters tern & 2 velvet scoter at cruisetown with this green wing teal also at Dundalk harbour,have also heard of barnacle & a pink footed goose with the greylag flock at Dromiskin
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Old Sunday 12th November 2006, 21:54   #459
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Good day out indeed, also saw the velvet scoters and the green winged teal. Good numbers of red throated divers off Hermitage, some in summer plumage. Two slavonian grebes there too.
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Old Monday 13th November 2006, 18:43   #460
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Quick trip to Cruisetown today, couldn't find the velvet scoters (but that's not to say they weren't there). Saw 6 slavonian grebes together.
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Quick trip to Cruisetown today, couldn't find the velvet scoters (but that's not to say they weren't there). Saw 6 slavonian grebes together.
6 slavs is a excellent record for Louth,well done Sandra. numbers seem to be building up steadly
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Got unconvincing views of the scoter on sunday - tide all wrong this week. Iwebs results for a count on sunday found 5000+ dunlin; 10,000+ oystercatcher, 8000+ golden plover; 2000+ black tailed godwit etc...9 ruff together at seabank...

The green wing teal at dundalk harbour moved up the main channel yesterday and was difficult to see at low tide - hopefully will stick around - a few distant shots...bird was quite vocal - a sort of high pitched quacking...

(correction to a bit of bird dyslexia in post a few above - i meant surf scoter off carrickfergus, not velvet scoter! - sorry about that)
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Not much of a day for birding - wall to wall rain...however was lucky enough to stumble on a black brant in carlingford bay about half way between carlingford and greenore...rubbish shot taken at 500 yards in the rain and falling light. Also rubbish shot of a male sparrowhawk coming into adult plumage (grey spots on back)...bird was tiny, harldy bigger than a thrush, but expertly grabbed a greenfinch from the bird table without a pause.
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nice find Breffni,i to got only poor record shots what a crappy day
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Old Thursday 16th November 2006, 14:12   #465
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Hope this bird will hang around till the weekend!
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Old Thursday 16th November 2006, 20:39   #466
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Hi All,
Just found and joined the forum,

My name is Peter Phillips from Ardee. When I am not commuting I like to do a bit of birding or ringing.

I think I have met some of you. Enda at the coast and Breffni at Belfast Lough. I am guessing that Sandra is the Little Tern lady.

Look forward to seeing you all on monday night at the Spirit Store

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Old Friday 17th November 2006, 12:31   #467
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Just found and joined the forum,

My name is Peter Phillips from Ardee. When I am not commuting I like to do a bit of birding or ringing.

I think I have met some of you. Enda at the coast and Breffni at Belfast Lough. I am guessing that Sandra is the Little Tern lady.

Look forward to seeing you all on monday night at the Spirit Store

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Hi Peter, welcome to the forum. Yes, that's me, the same Sandra. Hope to make it along too on Monday night.
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Just found and joined the forum,

My name is Peter Phillips from Ardee. When I am not commuting I like to do a bit of birding or ringing.

I think I have met some of you. Enda at the coast and Breffni at Belfast Lough. I am guessing that Sandra is the Little Tern lady.

Look forward to seeing you all on monday night at the Spirit Store

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Hi Peter - alas i may not be able to make it Monday but will surely bump into you again - off to larne now for some little auks, hopefully.
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Just found and joined the forum,

My name is Peter Phillips from Ardee. When I am not commuting I like to do a bit of birding or ringing.

I think I have met some of you. Enda at the coast and Breffni at Belfast Lough. I am guessing that Sandra is the Little Tern lady.

Look forward to seeing you all on monday night at the Spirit Store

Peter

Hi Peter,

Long time no see or hear!! Welcome to this forum which I'm sure you will find is fantastic and growing. Monday night doesn't look good for me either but I'm sure we will meet up again soon. Good birding.

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the 3 yanks are still present in Louth today,forsters tern-cruisetown,black brant-carlingford &green wing teal-Dundalk docks with 5 eider at hermitage(thanks sandra,margaret&tommy)also 6 little egrets at belurgan
welcome Peter a while since we last met,maybe we"ll see a bit more of you in the coming weeks/months ahead
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Birding The Gambia - A Talk and Slide Show 7PM

PLEASE NOTE TALK WILL START AT 7PM INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 8PM

On Monday the 20th of November '06 Lorraine Benson will give a talk and slide show about a birding trip to The Gambia in West Africa at the Spirit Store. The Gambia is one of the most accessible and affordable countries in west Africa - it also boasts over 500 species of bird. The talk will cover the birds seen on the group trip as well as some practical information on getting there (but will be interesting even if you never plan to go!).

The talk will start about 7:00pm.

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A few pics of Black Brant today.
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the 3 yanks are still present in Louth today,forsters tern-cruisetown,black brant-carlingford &green wing teal-Dundalk docks with 5 eider at hermitage(thanks sandra,margaret&tommy)also 6 little egrets at belurgan
welcome Peter a while since we last met,maybe we"ll see a bit more of you in the coming weeks/months ahead
It was a great view of the eider, when they flew in they landed about 20 yards out from the shore, certainly was the highlight of my day. Managed to catch up with the black brant on Saturday, great that it has stayed around.
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Old Tuesday 21st November 2006, 08:51   #474
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[quote=breffni]On Monday the 20th of November '06 Lorraine Benson will give a talk and slide show about a birding trip to The Gambia in West Africa at the Spirit Store. The Gambia is one of the most accessible and affordable countries in west Africa - it also boasts over 500 species of bird. The talk will cover the birds seen on the group trip as well as some practical information on getting there (but will be interesting even if you never plan to go!).QUOTE]

Enjoyable talk in the Spirit Store last night. Lorraine gave a very good presentation. It was a good opportunity for birders to introduce themselves and exchange contact details etc. I met Peter, Chris and Susan for the first time, its great to enlarge the circle of local birders!!
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Went to Lurgangreen today- high tide. Had 7 Little Egrets, 21 Greylag and 29 Greenland White-fronts no sign of geese at Stabbannon/Annagassan or Dromisk. Had distant views of probable Black-throated Diver at Cruisetown.
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