Friday, 28 February 2014

Birds seen as I walked along Seacliffe Road in February

These are the birds I saw in February as I walked along Seacliffe Road in Bangor as I made my way home.  It was a lovely sunny day and I never walk along this road without seeing some birds. I was encouraged to see a Black Guillemot in breeding plumage as they will all soon be coming back to Bangor to start breeding along the pier.

Herring Gulls. Adult and 1st years


This is the first Black Guillemot I have seen in summer breeding plumage.  Photo taken on 4 February.

Reflections near the slip

This is a photo of the rocks that are a tiny island that I saw the birds on.

Top - Oystercacher.  Middle - Redshank.  Sides Purple Sandpiper

There is 1 Oystercatcher on left and the rest are Ringed Plover with black rings around their necks, Dunlin have dark legs and quite a white belly and Purple Sandpipers have yellowy legs and slight streaking on the breast.

Ringed Plover

Dunlin and ringed Plover

Ringed Plover and Purple Sandpiper

1st year Herring Gull

Adult Herring Gull

Redshank and Purple Sandpiper above and below

Now this shot above has a Turnstone in it.  Can you ID it from the rest?

Can you now tell the difference of these 3 birds?
  Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper and Dunlin.

I hope you enjoyed walking with me along this road and are now able to ID these waders.  By the way, I did ask you if you could ID the Turnstone in shot 19.  It is on the far right in the photo.

Thank you for visiting and leaving comments.


  1. That's a great selection of birds to see Margaret, and all on your walk home...can't be bad?...[;o)

  2. great post and I'm hoping Margaret you will be able to help me ID the shore-birds in my last birding post. I saw your Turnstones and thought oh were they those perhaps, but I think not..............I hope I have ID'd them correctly.

  3. Such a pleasant walk that must be along Seacliff . . . and what a gorgeous day of sunshine!

  4. Yes Margaret, that was a very enjoyable walk you took us on. Thank you!

  5. i had a little difficulty in loading these, but most came through. lovely shorebirds.

  6. That was a lovely walk - thank you for taking us along.

  7. Nice bird shots. I'm looking forward to seeing signs of spring.

  8. Before I got to where you asked the question I had followed your ID tips and checked out the photo set to distinguish the different species. So now I can answer yes without re-reading the post!