Monday, 4 March 2013


First patch visit of the month went well with a total of 3 new species added to the year list. Nice views of a Treecreeper along Ballygannon Lane, a flock of Greenfinches in the trees inland from the BirdWatch Ireland Reserve at Kilcoole and a single Fulmar flying south past Newcastle.

Otherwise, a Merlin was in Webb's field & the Stringer's channels/fields area held 43 Whoopers, 127 Greylag and 810+ Light-bellied Brent. Some male Lapwing were also starting to get rowdy with lots of calling, displaying & territorial behaviour on the go. Won't be long now!

Did a dusk roost watch overlooking Newcastle Airfield but none of the hoped for harriers or owls materialised.

94 species, 111 points & 56.77%

Ballygannon lane & reedbed - a good spot for passerines

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