Bird News Saturday 29th January

A Snow Goose was with 350 Greylag and 52 Whooper Swan in the fields between Portmore Lough and Lough Neagh - presumably the same seen earlier at Strangford Lough (Paul Toner).

A Red-necked Grebe and 8 Slavonian Grebe were seen at Greyabbey Bay South. (Keith Bennett)
At Craigavon Balancing Lakes, two Ferruginous hybrids were seen here (could these birds possibly be the cause of the 'multiple' Ferruginous Duck sightings?)
An adult Bewick Swan (an increasingly rare bird in NI), was with the Whooper Swan flock at Cullyhanna. 2 Pink-footed Geese were at Lough Ross, Crossmaglen (Joe Devlin)
The first winter Ring-billed Gull was at Whitehouse Lagoon, Belfast and an Iceland Gull flew over the RSPB Belfast Lough Reserve (Keith Bennett)
A White-fronted Goose was with a flock of Greylags near the river running alongside the north end of Castle Espie (the Anns Point bird?). A Kingfisher was also at the adjoining pool (Ron Price)

20 Waxwing were at the junction of Ravenhill Park and Ravensdale Park Gardens in Belfast (John Pyper).
At Belfast Lough 280 Scaup were off Cultra. 2,200 Eider, 13 RT Diver and 6 Carrion Crow were between there and Bangor - 2,000 of the Eider were off Grey Point (Richard Weyl).
12 Yellowhammer were in a garden in Magherafelt (Mark Smyth).
7 Wigeon and 3 Brent were at Carnlough Bay (Iris Miller).

The probable Asian Lesser Whitethroat continues to be seen in Drogheda (Irish Birding).

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