Bird News Wednesday 26th October

No positive word on the Cattle Egret today
The 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport. At Orlock Point were were 2 Tree Sparrows, a Blackcap and at least one Twite (a mixed group of 6 Twite/Linnets flew over, with both species calling). (Clive Mellon)
A Pink-footed Goose was at Beleek, Co. Fermanagh (Brad Robson) 
A male Pintail was at Portmore Lough, 2 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk & over 20,000 Starlings at Slievegarran near Castlewellan (Adam McClure)
At Lough Foyle 450 Pale-bellied Brent, 1,500 Golden Plover, 15 Grey Plover and a Wheatear were at Roe Estuary/Balls Point (C Stewart).

Around Belfast 150 Black-tailed Godwit were at the flooded playing fields along Cliftonville Road (David Clarke) and a male Kestrel at Sydenham Conservation Area (R McQuillan).

Many thanks to Chris Murphy for details of the count below:
Many birds moving south at St John's Pt from 08:00 to at least 10:30 in bright, calm conditions : Brent Goose c.4,000, Scoter 12, RBMerg 1 Razorbill c.450, Guilemot 5; Black Guillemot 7; unidentified auks c.100 Gt N Diver 8: 6 south and 2 north (5 in fsp), RTD 2 Manx Sh'water 2, Arctic Tern 2: 1ad and 1juv Merlin 1, Skylark 140, Siskin 31, Redpoll 1, Tree Sparrow 1, Grey Wag 1, Pied Wag 3, Meadow Pipit 8, Wheatear 1.
Inland from Lighthouse to Point Road, Killough between 10:30 and 11:00 Lapwing 15, Curlew, 12, Golden Plover 90, Greenshank 3, Med Gull 1(1st winter), Common Gull 200, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Raven 5, Rock Pipit 4, Stonechat 2, Redpoll 8, Tree Sparrow 40, House Sparrow 10, Reed Bunt 4, Chaffinch 6, Skylark 40, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 4
Killough: 1 Little Egret, 88 Curlew, 59 Ringed Plover, 9 Redpolls Yesterday morning (25th) at St John's Point: 1 peregrine, 5 swallows (leaving), 40 skylarks (arriving), 1GND, 1 RTD, 2 Black Guillemots, 1 RBM.

A Red Grouse was at Lendrums Windmill Farm, Fivemiletown,Co Tyrone this morning (Colin Bell)

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