Saturday, 11 January 2014

BIrding Along Coast from Bangor to Groomsport

Thank you all for your concerns about my blogger problems.  Blogger/Google are having problems and I am just hoping they can resolve them so I can continue blogging.  This is the last bird post I have in draft so enjoy. 

As usual, my bird group, some of which you see below, always go out to lunch in December but before that no matter what the weather we go birding from Bangor Pier, round the coast (2 miles) into Groomsport Village.  Although cold, we always have a dry day.  In this post I will show you a few of the 30 birds we found that morning.
Black headed Gull singing  'Ding Dong Merrily on High'!
Posed for photograph when finished singing!
At Bangor Pier there is a stony little beach. 
Can you see the Pied Wagtail?  They are so well disguised.
Ah! there he is and he is also singing. 
What jolly birds we have at Christmas time.
Further round the coast at Ballyholme I spied another Pied Wagtail.
These are Black headed Gulls and Oystercatchers.

These were very difficult to see as they blended in so well with their surroundings.  It took my class a while to see them for themselves.  
Dunlin and Ringed Plover.
Also some Turnstones and you can see the sun came out for us.
While we stopped in Groomsport, seating overlooking the Bay having coffee, I spied this Wild Garlic that was in flower.
We watched the Gulls, Turnstones and Lapwing all having baths.

Then it was time to make our way back to Bangor ready for lunch.   Needless to say, we all enjoyed that very much.
30 different bird species seen and then a wonderful lunch, what better way to start the Christmas spirit.
Thank you for visiting.
I have a very short video that can be accessed at
If there is a black space below, click it and the video will appear.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It was not my usual Saturday's post asIwas notabletoup load any photos but it is better than nothing.  Have a lovely weekend and MANY THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ENCOURAGING COMMENTS.


  1. Great set of pictures - its nice to go bird watching on your own, and its also nice to go in a group!

    Hope you get your blogger issues sorted! Goggle+ will not let me share any posts at present!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  2. A great outing and lunch with your birding friends. The love the first gull shot, just wonderful. The Wagtail is cute and is another favorite. Happy weekend to you!

  3. you have a lovely group of ardent birders there Margaret, and I like that they are hardy to endure whatever weathers too. It was hard to find the Pied Wagtail at Bangor Pier. And are those orange stones? How remarkable if they are. You know the fun part too is being able to stop for that coffee at the end and reflect on your good outing and the success of it. Both our fingers are crossed for a successful reincarnation of our blogging days Margaret :)

  4. Hope you get those blogger problems resolved Margaret.
    Wild Garlic, thats very early for that to flower.

  5. Hello Margaret!
    You are a champion in photographing birds.
    Beautiful birds and your photos.
    It's nice that you are a harmonious group.
    I wish you a nice weekend.

  6. A lovely post Margaret. I enjoyed seeing all those happy, smiling faces in the first and the lovely birds, also the video. Happy weekend to you :)

  7. p.s. do hope those blogger problems are resolved too.

  8. a good group of birders, there. :)

  9. A good day out for birdwatching, and those lovely birds.

  10. hi Margaret ,i too am have a problem with my blog and i am unable to post anything I think i will start a new one................dont give up.


  11. Wonderful photos Margaret.
    I hope your blogger problems resolve for you very soon. It can be very frustrating can't it?
    I liked seeing your birding group . . . fun to be with friends and people who have like interests.

    Happy New Year!

  12. I'm amazed and jealous that you have a wild garlic in flower. I think I'd enjoy birding with your group of birders. ;)

  13. What a marvellous (albeit chilly day). Fingers and toes crossed that blogger relents.

  14. You have a faithful group of birders, to go out in any kind of weather. Of course, lunch is always a good incentive. :)

  15. Loved seeing the "singers." They are a merry bunch! Hope you get your blogging issues solved.

  16. Wonderful shots of great variety of birds.