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County Louth (formerly Dundalk Bay) local patch.

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Old Saturday 12th January 2008, 10:02   #1301
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Hi Margaret and Tommy,

I hope to go to Baltray on monday morning weather permitting.If either of you are around, I could swing by and pick up that barbeque you have been kindly storing for me for the last 5 months (and tick Blackcap in your garden if it ok).

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Sure thing Peter, I wont be around in the morning but will leave your stuff out for you. Unfortunately the Blackcap didn't stay around in our garden but it's worth checking with Sandra in case there is one in with her.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2008, 10:42   #1302
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Thats great,

Thanks- so on monday its Snow Bunting at Baltray, peanuts in Dunleer and Jay in Rathesker. Sorted!

I see from the Northern Ireland forum that Bewick Swan has turned up in the last few days at Oxford Island. Keep your eyes peeled.

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Old Saturday 12th January 2008, 17:05   #1303
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Sure thing Peter, I wont be around in the morning but will leave your stuff out for you. Unfortunately the Blackcap didn't stay around in our garden but it's worth checking with Sandra in case there is one in with her.
No sign of my blackcap since. We'll be doing the iwebs count out at Baltray tomorrow so will let you know if there's any sign of the snow buntings, and I'll check with Maurice to see if he has seen them since.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 16:40   #1304
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No sign of my blackcap since. We'll be doing the iwebs count out at Baltray tomorrow so will let you know if there's any sign of the snow buntings, and I'll check with Maurice to see if he has seen them since.
iwebs count was cancelled but i checked with Maurice and he hasn't seen the snow buntings since. He mentioned to me before that he still sees the short eared owl out there in the field where the horses are.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 19:45   #1305
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Thats great,

Thanks- so on monday its Snow Bunting at Baltray, peanuts in Dunleer and Jay in Rathesker. Sorted!

I see from the Northern Ireland forum that Bewick Swan has turned up in the last few days at Oxford Island. Keep your eyes peeled.
A few good gulls at Cruiestown today ,2 iceland and 1 glaucous plus white wing b h gull.Will have another look in the morning before high tide.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 20:25   #1306
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A few good gulls at Cruiestown today ,2 iceland and 1 glaucous plus white wing b h gull.Will have another look in the morning before high tide.
Excellent photos Gerry!! What a super morning given the adverse weather early on. Thanks to you, Don and Enda. Great finds. Who needs year lists when you have a few great birds like these?
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 20:26   #1307
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iwebs count was cancelled but i checked with Maurice and he hasn't seen the snow buntings since. He mentioned to me before that he still sees the short eared owl out there in the field where the horses are.
Thanks,much appreciated Sandra. Well done Gerry they are both very scarse the last few years.
So its Cruisetown in the morning and then a trip to Baltray.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 21:27   #1308
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Thanks,much appreciated Sandra. Well done Gerry they are both very scarse the last few years.
So its Cruisetown in the morning and then a trip to Baltray.
A few more pics.....
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 21:37   #1309
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A few good gulls at Cruiestown today ,2 iceland and 1 glaucous plus white wing b h gull.Will have another look in the morning before high tide.
Well done to all, a good birding day!! Great to see the photos Gerry. I was in time to see the Iceland Gull this evening, really huge numbers of gulls there and a fabulous sunset.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 21:46   #1310
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 23:15   #1311
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 07:01   #1312
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Excellent photos Gerry!! What a super morning given the adverse weather early on. Thanks to you, Don and Enda. Great finds. Who needs year lists when you have a few great birds like these?
Well done lads. I dont think I have seen an adult Iceland Gull before.

Now Now Freddie!
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 10:18   #1313
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I had 6000+ mainly blackheaded gulls between balaggan point and greenore yesterday - amazing spectacle. Had a bonxie off balaggan point flying south...i have seen them twice before there but always in the early autumn:
79. Goldeneye
80. Bullfinch
81. Bonxie
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 17:56   #1314
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Cruisetown Gulls

I went out to Cruisetown today and it took me full 3 hours to work through the gulls from near Dunany to Cruisetown/Clogher Head. The best were the adult Iceland Gull a dark first winter Iceland Gull (it looks different to the birds in the other shots) and an adult Med Gull. I took a few shots of the washed up shellfish and some big fish thing that somebody might be able to identify.

There must be tens of tons of food on the beach. The gulls might be there for some time yet!

On the way home I stopped at the reedbed near Dunleer and heard a couple of Water Rail calling.

RND still at the KCP no sign of Gadwall.

ps the first winter Iceland was near the stream at the southern end visable from the road or the bottom of the lane. The adult bird was a bit of a walk east along the rocks back towards Clogher Head

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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 18:21   #1315
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There was a Yellow legged Gull also reported from Cruisetown yesterday. Has the Glaucous Gull been seen since the initial sighting.

Anybody any comments on the dark first winter Iceland Gull. The views were not fantastic and its just dawned on me that it could be Kumliens. And that is the best picture I have.
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 20:14   #1316
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I took a few shots of the washed up shellfish and some big fish thing that somebody might be able to identify.
Those are common otter shells, normally below the low water mark, and the fish looks like a conger eel...
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 22:02   #1317
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There was a Yellow legged Gull also reported from Cruisetown yesterday. Has the Glaucous Gull been seen since the initial sighting.

Anybody any comments on the dark first winter Iceland Gull. The views were not fantastic and its just dawned on me that it could be Kumliens. And that is the best picture I have.
Glaucous seen today also had 1st win Iceland ,yellow legged gull and 8 agentatus.
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 22:19   #1318
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Glaucous seen today also had 1st win Iceland ,yellow legged gull and 8 agentatus.
Cruiestown today.
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Those are common otter shells, normally below the low water mark, and the fish looks like a conger eel...
Thanks for that Breffni and Joe very interesting.

So thats at least two first winter Iceland Gulls, a report of a 2nd winter also and the adult makes four at least. I will be there again in the morning. I have a feeling it has'nt finished yet!
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Out and about

The best at Cruisetown was an Adult Yellow legged Gull. At Clogher Head, one Carrion Crow, 1st winter Iceland Gull, one Black Guillemot and a beautiful male Velvet Scoter flew by with two Common Scoter.

Hermitage had about 15 Red throated Diver and 6 Great Northern Diver
The best at lurgangreen was a female Scaup in with the Goldeneye

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Old Wednesday 16th January 2008, 00:00   #1321
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What does a velvet scoter look like? Had to look it up in the book, I didnt think we had them here at all!! Good tick, hope it flies North to Bangor and sits off the Long Hole like the GND I missed last year?
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What does a velvet scoter look like? Had to look it up in the book, I didnt think we had them here at all!! Good tick, hope it flies North to Bangor and sits off the Long Hole like the GND I missed last year?
Hi Derek

Slightly larger than a Common Scoter with a big white wing panel on the exposed secondaries. I have been looking through the scotor flocks of Dunany and Cruisetown for some time now. They are apparenty difficult to pick up on the water as they are often some way off the beach. The best way is to watch flocks of scoter as they fly by. If they are within range you won't miss the big white wing patches. Maybe late winter early spring might be good for NI as birds are moving back up the Irish Sea. Derek Charles will know where you best bet is.

They are regular but scarce every year in Louth/Meath from Dunany down to Gormanstown. So they will be flying back up your way some time this spring.

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Hello Peter/Derek.
There have been 3 Velvet Scoter wintering in Belfast Lough for the past 5/6 years but we haven't seen them this year so far. They are mostly seen from Whiteabbey/Greenisland. Birds are occasionaly seen at Dundrum Bay but the scoters are usually difficult to see here and sit well offshore. Occasional birds are sometimes seen at Lough Foyle mainly off Magilligan.
If you do see Scoters sitting on the water Velvets can sometimes be picked up on size alone as they are somewhat bigger than Common and this is obvious even at long range.

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Just had a female brambling in my garden.
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Nice - my garden now holds over 50 greenfinches...
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