Bird News Sunday 20th November

The Ring-necked Duck has returned again to Lough Cowey. Strangely it was the only duck on the lake today. (Wilton Farrelly)

Ring Necked Duck, Lough Cowey (a mobile phone pic)

A juvenile Pomarine Skua was at Rossglass and the 2nd winter Iceland Gull was in the fields at St John's Point. 5 Black Tailed Godwit were at Killough Harbour. (Chris Murphy).
4 Black-throated Diver and two Red-throated Diver were off Newtownards Yacht Club. 8 Slavonian Grebe in Greyabbey Bay, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great-Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver were south of Herring Bay, 10 Great-northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver were at Monaghan Bank. 1 GN Diver was south of Gransha Point and 6 GN Diver at Marlfield). Also 2 adult Med gulls at Orlock Point.
(Richard Weyl).
An adult Mediteranean Gull was also present at Newtownards Yacht Club.
A Little Gull was along Ardmore Point, Lough Neagh this morning (Frank Carroll)
A Dark-bellied Brent was at Greyabbey Bay and 13 Sandwich Tern were at Cloghy Beach (W Farrelly)
10 Little Egret and a male Goosander were at Ballycarry Bridge. A Great Northern Diver and a Red Throated Diver were at Mill Bay on Islandmagee. (Cameron Moore).
The Green Winged Teal was still at Belfast Harbour RSPB and 15 Red Throated Diver were off Macedon Point. Another Red Throated Diver was off Hollywood. (Stuart McKee).
A Slavonian Grebe, 20 Reed Buntings and 30 Pied Wagtails were at Kinnegar. (Ricky McQuillan).
At Lough Beg 120 Greylag Geese, a Pinkfoot and Greenland White Fronted Geese were at Mullagh. (David Steele).
The second winter Ring Billed Gull was still at Groomsport.
3 Buzzard, including the wing tagged bird pictured below, were at Ballymiscaw Road, Craigantlet. (Stephen Maxwell).
5 Little Egret and 6 Grey Heron were at Islandmagee. (Bill Guiller).
A Green Sandpiper is wintering on the Six Mile Water at Templepatrick, it is on a shingle bank between Paradise Walk and the M2 motorway. There has been a Green Sandpiper there every winter since 2007. (Sandy McWilliams).
2 Crossbill were at Mullaphad, Co. Tyrone. A possible Merlin was on telephone wires by the new A4 dual carriageway between Ballygawley and Dungannon, Kestrel and Buzzard are also regular along this stretch of road. (Colin Bell).

There is a report of a Ring Ouzel at Orlock but no other details at the moment.

Thanks to Mark Killops, Bill Guiller and Stephen Maxwell for todays pictures.

Ring Billed Gull - Mark Killops

Little Egret & Grey Heron - Bill Guiller

Wing Tagged Buzzard - Stephen Maxwell

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