Bird News for Sunday 20th March

A male Ring-necked Duck was at Craigavon Lakes (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop).
8 Black-throated Diver were south of Gransha Point in Strangford Lough and 2 Slavonian Grebe north of there. 5 GN and 2 RT Diver were between there and the Dorn and 16 Sandwich Tern at Portaferry - some of them considered new arrivals (Richard Weyl).
2 Long-tailed Duck were at Lady Bay of the Antrim shore of Lough Neagh (Paul Toner).
A RT Diver was at Glenarm Harbour (William Smyton).
2 Swallow were along Ballydrain Road near Comber (Dot Blakely)

The Snow Goose along with 1 Pink-footed Goose and 2 Barnacle Geese were in fields north of Portmore Lough Co.Armagh(E.O'Hara/M.Killops)

10 Waxwing were again on the West Circular Road in Belfast (I.Graham)

12 Twite and the Littoralis Rock Pipit were at Briggs Rocks (W.Farrelly)

1 Black throated Diver and 4 Slavonian Grebes were at Greyabbey Bay South this morning, but conditions were quite choppy there, not ideal conditions for viewing. Elsewhere 5 Little Egret were at the Floodgates and good numbers of Tree Sparrow and a few Yellowhammer were amongst mixed flocks feeding in stubble fields around the Ballyhenry Point area on the Ards penisula. 14 Sandwich Tern were at the marina in Portaferry, (G.Armstrong/P.West)
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker were at Newcastle Co.Down and another 2 at a site in Downpatrick
5 Purple Sandpiper were at Groomsport, one of the most reliable places to see this wader.(Irishbirding)
Barnacle & Greylag Geese - Ed O'Hara

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