Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Ballymacormick walk continued Plus VIdeo

I am continuing my walk with the Dutch couple, Ben and Henrietta round Ballymacormick point.  As we walked we saw Blackbird, Rook, Common and Sandwich Terns, Grey Heron, Common, Black headed, Herring, Lesser Black backed and Great Black backed Gulls and a number of Hooded Crow.

Hooked Crow

There were lots of Swallows although less House Martins, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Whitehroat, Sedge Warbler, Black Guillemots, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

                                                                 Stonechat -female
                                                                      Stonechat- male
There were Eider, Mallard and Shelduck Linnet, Cormorant, House Sparrow, Starling, Pheasant, Reed Bunting, , Buzzard, Oystercatcher, Dunnock, and Wren.  As we were approaching Groomsport there were lovely flowers of Red Valerian.
 
                                                                     Red Valerian
As we came to Groomsport we went into 2 thatched Cottages, one being a tiny museum and had a lovely peat fire in the large fireplace.  It was a typical Irish cottage and was lovely for Ben and Henrietta to see.  Below, this is them entering into the fun of the moment.
 
 
This is a short video of a Wren singing.   Hopefully you can see it from my  blog however if not, look on youtube at  http://youtu.be/94kZugmJINk
 
 
 


Tomorrow I will continue this day's birding with Ben and Henrietta as we leave Groomsport and head for the RSPB reserve in Belfast to see what birds are there. 

Have a nice day and thanks you for visiting my blog

22 comments:

  1. A great days birding; and that female Stonechat is a beauty.

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  2. Hi Keith Yes we all enjoyed it so much. Of course the weather made all the difference. Tomorrow I am taking 12 people to Rathlin Isladn overnight and the weather looks awful! Thanks for your comments. Margaret

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  3. Looks like you had a great time showing your friends around your patch Margaret? And you've also managed to get some cracking images of the Stonechats...[;o)

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    1. HI Trevor Yes we had a great day out and I managed to get some photos as well. Thanks for your comments. Margaret

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  4. i just love the wrens and their loud voices! sweet stonechat photo!

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  5. Hi Tex Thanks for you comments and glad you loved the Wren singing. Margaret

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  6. greart photos of the stonechat in no2 photo and thanks for your e/mail and photo, you made it look fantastic.

    peter

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  7. Hi Margaret... That wren is gorgeous ---and I love his little 'song'... We have Carolina Wrens here --and even though they are tiny, they can really sing loudly... Love it!!!!

    Great birding day for you--and I love the Stonechat... Looks like you are giving your friends a wonderful time!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy I am so glad you liked the Wren and its song. It has the longest song of any of our British birds -4 second and it is such a small bird. Thanks for yourkind comments. Margaret

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  8. Beautiful birds... and I love your fun loving companions! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Yes they did enter into the fun that day. I had only meet them the day before for the first time but we all got on very well. Thanks for comments. Margaret

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  9. HI Peter Many thanks for comments. For your photo, I didn't photoshop it but uaes Picasa which is very easy to use. Margaret

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  10. I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and video!

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    1. Thanks for comments. Glad you enjoyed them. Margaret

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  11. Stunninng shot of the female Stonechat. Cheers Margaret.

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    1. Hi Bob Yes I was pleased with that shot. Thannks for your comments. Margaret

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  12. Hello Margaret, I love the pretty Stonechat. And the wren sounds lovely. What a great outing, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Eillen I am glad you enjoyed and shared in our outing. Thanks for comments. Margaret

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  13. WoW, nice birds, the stonechats are especially, special!!

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    1. Hi Debbie Glad you enjoyed visiting and giving me such lovely comments. Margaret

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  14. Splendid birds - coming from the SW of England (originally!) the hooded crows were a real novelty when I was "out west"

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Hi Stewart Yes I thought you might like that one. Hope it did not make you too home sick. Thanks for comments. Margaret

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