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2011 News

Happy New Year

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Waxwing, Glenariff
Happy New Year all. What a difference a week makes, almost all the snows gone and temperatures are back above freezing. This of course has brought it's own problems with broken pipes and no water for many. Thankfully Ballycastle appears to have got of lightly compared to the surrounding areas.

Unfortunately whilst it has been easier to get about there has been a lack of light, with north Antrim blanketed in cloud for almost a week. This and family commitments have curtailed photographic opportunities, though I have had time planning a few new projects for the coming months.

I have a couple of new feeding stations on the go and a hide in a woodland site with the hope of attracting a few new species to my portfolio. I hope to do a lot more photography close to home this year, not least to cut fuel costs!

Today, though, I could not resist a trip over the "mountain" to Glenariff with the news of at least 300 Waxwings present. They took a little finding and appear to have split into several groups, though the largest still had in excess of 200 birds. A stunning sight and the sun briefly broke though the cloud for the occasion. Equally impressive was the number of thrushes, especially Fieldfares moving up the valley. Hundreds of birds, also including Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird were on the hawthorn and holly trees.