Bird News Saturday 1st January 2011

Thanks to Ed O'Hara for the above photograph of the Ferruginous Duck (see below)

Ring-necked Duck, drake at Lough Cowey, Outer Ards, Co. Down (Keith Bennett)
Snow Goose, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greenland Whitefront, Anns Point (Keith Bennett)
15+ Waxwings Gransha \ Balloo Rd, Bangor, (Amanda Allaway)
The Ferruginous Duck was still at Craigavon Balancing Lakes North (Birdguides)
A Smew was at Reedy Flat (Birdguides)
A Brambling was visiting a garden in Gilnahirk (R.Price)
5 Goosander were still along the River Maine in Randalstown. 4 fem/imm. were at the weir to the north of the town and 4 seen flying south towards Lough Neagh.(R.Gray)
4 Waxwing and 7 Brambling were at Six Mile Water in Ballyclare(E.Flynn)
10 Brambling were in a garden in Ballyholme, Bangor.
A Med.Gull (2nd w) was on the ice at Mountstewart lake. 2 Slav.Grebe at Greyabbey Bay South, 2 Great Northern Diver at Monaghan Bank Kircubbin, 2 Little Egret one at Ann's Point the other at Kircubbin, 2 Short-eared Owl flushed from the shore pasture at Ballyquintin Point, 2 Yellowhammer at Kircubbin and 2 more at Millin Bay and a Tree Sparrow in a garden in Kircubbin (K.Bennett)
9 Twite were at Longfield Point Lough Foyle.(N.Warnock)
6PF Geese were wth the Greylag between Greyabbey and Ann's Point in Strangford Lough.(J.Larkin)
A Kingfisher was at the pool at Castle Espie,300 Barnacle Geese were in the fields at Ballydorn overlooking Ardmillan on the Outer Ards penisula.(C.Acheson)
A Sandwich Tern was at Portavogie.(R.Weyl)
Yesterday 25 Waxwing were in an industrial estate in Derry city.(S.Davies)
On the 30th C.Acheson ringed a Mealy Redpoll in his garden in Dunmurry.

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