Oct 142019
 
"Allo Allo" this is Nighthawk Calling....

A North American Common Nighthawk was discovered by local anglers hunting along the River Maine at Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in late September, rumour has it. It didn’t take long before birders had been to check it out and sure enough, it was a superb adult male Common Nighthawk. It was then discovered roosting […]

 Posted by at 2:08 pm
Oct 072019
 
Shetland 2019

During the 21st – 28th September 2019 I made my annual birding trip north to the Shetland Isles, staying on the remote island of Unst. Our party of three had a reasonable week searching for migrants and hoping for the odd rarity to turn up. We managed to see a total of 86 species on […]

 Posted by at 10:21 am
Sep 142019
 
A Tricky Wheatear

Eastern Black-eared and Pied Wheatear identification is notoriously difficult, even more so when a female type arrives in early September. About the right time for Black-eared Wheatear but a little out of season for Pied. The majority of Pied Wheatears seem to be found in late autumn (Oct-Nov). A female, reported as an Eastern Black-eared […]

 Posted by at 3:27 pm
Sep 032019
 
Boobies at the Seaside !

An unprecedented event took place in Cornwall during the past week. A Brown Booby was discovered, a new bird to Britain, and spent several days in the Carbis Bay, St.Ives area. It proved elusive and was difficult to connect with. It wasn’t seen on Friday 30th August and so was presumed to have gone by […]

 Posted by at 8:59 pm
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