Saturday, 25 January 2014

Northern Delight

On a very wet and windy Saturday morning, myself and a few friends headed up to Co. Tyrone to see the Pacific Diver that has been at Lough Fea for the past week. We were no sooner out of the car when the bird flew down towards us and landed at the other side of the lough. Within minutes, there was a large group of birders enjoying distant, but good views, of this mega bird in the early morning wind and rain.While up North, we decided to head for a trip to Oxford Island to catch up with some woodland birds. Among those seen were Jay, Redpoll, Bullfinch, all four Tit species as well as plenty of diving ducks. After that we headed towards Bangor Harbour looking for Eider, where we found 12 sitting on the water. On the way back, we encountered a Buzzard on a telegraph wire, which gave us great views. A cracking end to a cracking day.

Below the Pacific Diver in shots 1-4

 Buzzard giving me the evil eye.

1 of 3 Jays present in Oxford Island Nature Reserve.