It didn't take long to locate the North American visitor, it was the only bird in the small, picturesque harbour at Carnlough.
The journey was definitely worth it when I got speaking to a local birdwatcher who told me that he had seen a colour-ringed Little Egret on Larne Lough back in August. Having literally just gotten off the phone to Tony Cross in Wales, I immediately thought it might’ve been one of Tony’s birds from Bangor, north Wales.
A quick phone call confirmed that it was indeed one of Tony’s birds, and it was born this year – it didn’t waste much time moving north!
|Photo by Cameron Moore|
There were a couple of big flocks of Black-headed Gulls, including this metal ringed bird at Glenarm. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to read the ring as the bird didn’t sit on the railings long enough. Hopefully though I'll catch this bird at some stage over the winter and slip a nice colour-ring on the other leg!