|Albinistic Chaffinch, Hillsborough, Jeff Higgott|
|Ring -billed Gull, Whitehouse Lagoon, Jeff Higgott|
10 Waxwings were in flight along the Shore Road near Rathcoole and an Intermedius type Lesser Black Backed Gull was at Whitehouse Lagoon. (Stuart McKee)
A female Blackcap was in a garden in Ballycastle. (P Ewart).
Greyabbey: this morning 4 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Greenland white-front with greylags on field between
Greyabbey and Mount Stewart. No sign of any snow goose this morning. 1 little egret at Ann's point.
Kircubbin: little egret at marsh by Maxol. Portaferry: 1 Sandwich tern at marina. Ballyquintin: 7 woodcock. Cloughey: 1 little egret at beach pool.
Kirkistown: 500 golden plover. Millin bay: 4 yellowhammer and a stock dove on fields just S of bay. Greyabbey bay: 7 Slavonian grebe. (Keith Bennett)
Also the White Chaffinch still 2 Blackcaps in a private garden in Hillsborough (Jeff Higgott)
A single Twite at Ballyhornan village - only 1 Skylark at Killard, no sign of finches; single sandwich tern at Mill Quarter Bay - also a lone stonechat near Kilclief. (Dermot Hughes)
Yesterday 2 Brambling at the beech trees in Cargan, and 15 Crossbill in the southern part of Glenariff forest near Dungonnell Dam (Dermot Hughes)
16 Slavonian Grebe and a Peregrine Falcon were at Greyabbey Bay South in Strangford Lough and 2 GN Diver, 2 BT Diver and a Slavonian Grebe at Kircubbin (Oscar Campbell, Kerry Leonard). The 1W Ring-billed Gull was still at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast (Jeff Higgott, Oscar Campbell, Kerry Leonard). 10 Brambling, 8 Siskin, a male Blackcap, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Goldfinch. 6 Chaffinch and 6 Greenfinch were in a garden in Carrickfergus (Shirley Dunlop). 18 Tree Sparrow were in a garden in Castlerock (Mervyn Guthrie). 8 Twite were at the old sewage outlet at Luke's Point, Ballyholme Bay in Bangor. The White-cheeked Turaco (present from 2003) has survived this winter so far and was seen in a garden at Annahilt yesterday (Chris Murphy). A Kingfisher and 9 Little Grebe were at the mouth of the Inver in Larne (David Gillespie)
It is with the deepest regret to announce the death on 23rd December 2010 of Trevor Boyd of Helens Bay, Co. Down. Trevor was a founder member of the Northern Ireland Branch of Butterfly Conservation and had variously been Chairman. He has also been a member of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club for many years. A Funeral service is being held on Friday.
|Pintail - Strangford Lough, George McKee|
|Blue Tit - Mark Killops|
33 Brambling (two thirds male and one ringed) were in a garden in Carrickfergus. 3 Fieldfare, 2 male Siskin and 8 Lesser Redpoll were also seen (Shirley Dunlop).
In south Down a Tree Sparrow (a new garden bird there) and Bramblings were at Killough. A Shoveler, Woodcock and 4 Tufted Duck were at Killough Harbour. 22 Grey Heron, a female Gadwall and a female Scaup were at Ardglass Harbour. Lots of Snipe, 10 Woodcock, a Whooper Swan, Merlin, Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were between Ballyhornan and Killard (the Snipe and Woodcock were along the side of the road). 4 Greylag were in fields at Kilclief and a few Yellowhammers and Tree Sparrows also noted (all Chris Murphy).
A Blackcap was in a garden along Skegoneill Avenue in Belfast (Stuart McKee) and a Fieldfare in a garden at Island Magee (Robert McDowell).
Dargan Bay, Belfast, this morning had 100+ Pochard in with the usual 500+ Scaup and 100 Tufted Duck.
Also 25 Coot. 250 Dunlin at Whitehouse lagoon. (Keith Bennett)
|Snipe - Pauline Majury|
|Fieldfare, Danny Boyd|
10 PF Geese were seen in flight at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve (Gerard McGeehan).
A Waxwing, Blackcap and large numbers of LT Tit were in a garden in Comber (Chris Shaw).
11 Brambling were at Monea in Fermanagh (Brad Robson).
At Larne Lough 186 Greylag were at Church Bay and 69 PF Geese in the next field (Cameron Moore).
37 Brambling were in a garden at Island Magee. Of those ringed there all were birds of the year and females outnumbered males by 5:1 (David Galbraith).
18 Brambling were in a garden in Whitehead (Cameron Moore).
On Tuesday a Little Auk was seen at the Maidens off Larne (David Galbraith).
3 Waxwings in the front of a garden at Heston Drive , Carrickfergus.
|Waxwing - Neal Warnock|
|Blackcap - Derek Polley|
|Brambling - Derek Polley|
|Skylarks - John Clarke|
|Waxwing, Carrickfergus - Pasuline Majury|
|Brambling, Belfast - Danny Boyd|
|Fieldfare - George McKee|
|Brambling & Greenfinch - Danny Boyd|
A very high winter count of 68 Pink Footed Geese at Church Bay in Larne Lough (a mile north of Ballycarry Bridge on the Island Magee side).
A flock of 120 Greylag - considered Icelandic birds - was in the next field.
2 Peregrine Falcon and 3 Greenshank were also noted. 200 Fieldfare and 200 Redwing were near Mill Bay on Island Magee and 4 Brambling in a garden in Whitehead. (All Cameron Moore)
Thanks to Cameron for these shots of the 1st winter Mediterranean Gull with a yellow leg ring that has been present at Ballycarry Bridge recently.
|1st W Med Gull, Ballycarry Bridge, Larne L. - Cameron Moore|
|Caspian Plover, Israel - Garry Armstrong|
The fem/imm Smew was on the Quoile River, Co. Down just below the Killyleagh Road bridge. (Ron Price)
An impressive count of 2500 Knot were at the Gasworks, Mount Stewart, Co Down (Ian Enlander)
A male Brambling was in a garden in Spa (David Nixon) and a Brambling was in a garden in Gilbourne in Gilnahirk in Belfast (Ron Price). The 1W Mediterranean Gull (with a yellow ring) was seen again at Ballycarry Bridge in Larne Lough (Cameron Moore). In Fermanagh 3 Red Grouse were on the Pettigo Plateau and 2 Woodcock at Springfield (Brad Robson). Yesterday 220 Whooper Swans were in the fields near the car park at Islandhill at the north end of Strangford Lough (Dot Blakely).
Thanks to Cecil Smith for the picture below of a Common Seal breaking the ice at Stranmillis.
|Common Seal, Stranmillis, Cecil Smith|
A Brambling was in a Garden at Gilbourne Court, Gilnahirk, along with a Blackcap (Ron Price).
15 Waxwing were in flight over Ballycarry Railway Station and 94 Greylag (probably Icelandic birds), 9 Whooper Swan and a Little Egret in the nearby fields (Gerard McGeehan). In Fermanagh a new Brambling was at Randalshough near Monea and a Crossbill at Lough Navar (Brad Robson). The fem/imm Smew was seen again at Lough Beg (David Steele).
A Brambling was in garden at Glastry on the Ards Peninsula (Richard Weyl).
Seven Brambling were in Bangor (Craig Nash)
40 Fieldfare and 10 Redwing were in the hedgerows at Island Tasserty railway bridge between Coleraine and Portstewart (Alan Davis).
Belfast Ormeau Park had 20 redwings this morning. About 20 yellowhammers at Kircubbin (field edge ca 2km inland from today) Another flock of at least 20 yellowhammers at Marlfield (N of Portaferry) 1 tree sparrow at Ballyhenry Island (N of Portaferry). Another tree sparrow at Tieveshilly (N of Ballyquintin) 1 woodcock and 10 snipe flushed at Ballyquintin. Also 50 golden plovers there, and 1 carrion crow. 1 Grey Plover at Barr Hall Bay (W of Ballyquintin) 200 golden plovers at Kirkistown 20 whooper swans in a field by A20 just N of Kircubbin. Lough Cowey had a pair of Pochard (all Keith Bennett).
|Brambling - Craig Nash|
|Brambling - Craig Nash|
|Dunlin, Strangford Lough - George McKee|
250 Waxwing were at St George's Church along High Street in Belfast (Andy Elliott). 40 Waxwing were at Ballycastle (P Ewart). A Water Rail was at Portmore Lough RSPB Reserve (Paul Toner). 3 Woodcock were at Randalshough near Monea in Fermanagh (Brad Robson). A 1W Mediterranean Gull was at Ballycarry Bridge in Larne Lough and a female Brambling in a garden in Whitehead (Cameron Moore). Yesterday a fem/imm Smew was showing well along the River Quoile near the Visitor's Centre (Ivor McDonald). A Barn Owl was along the Hillhall Road near Lisburn close to the primary school (Garry Wilkinson)
|Lesser Redpoll - Craig Nash|
2 Woodcock and a Pink Footed Goose were at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve (Gerard McGeehan). A Woodcock, 25 Snipe, 20 Golden Plover, 20 Lapwing and a few Skylark were at Ramore Head - all unusual birds for there (Matthew Tickner).
|Linnets - Craig Nash|
|Woodcock - Craig Nash|
|Whooper Swans - Craig Nash|
|Hen Harrier - Craig Nash|