Bird News for Friday 2nd December

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen to-day at Mountstewart Co.Down. Found at the gasworks building car park it was then released. Hopefully it will stay in the area for a while, RLB is an extremely rare bird in Ireland and notoriously hard to catch up with.(Hugh Thurgate)

The Cattle Egret was at its roost on the island at Hillsborough around 4.20 this evening. It was tucked in on the NE bank, standing on the ground preening and not perched in the branches. (Dermot Hughes)

The Ring-necked Duck was still at Lough Cowey.

5 Great Northern Diver and a Black-throated Diver were at Ramore Head. 73 Whooper Swan in various parties were noted arriving along the north Antrim coast from the direction of Islay (Colin Guy).

In south Down 300 Lapwing were in the fields opposite the brickworks (Declan Clarke).

The second winter Ring-billed Gull was still at Groomsport (George Gordon).

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