Bird News Wednesday 21st December

The 3 Tundra Bean Geese, 2 Greenland Whitefronts, and 2 Pinkfeet were still in fields near Portmore.
A male Smew was at Oxford Island.

The drake Green Winged Teal was seen again at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve.

The 2nd winter Ring Billed Gull was still at Groomsport.

A mixed flock of Linnets and Twite were on the beach at Portstewart. (Geoff McIntyre).

In Strangford Lough 166 Pintail, 309 Shelduck and approx. 2,500 Golden Plover were at the Floodgates, a Greenshank was north of Mount Stewart and a Ruff was at Castle Hill. A Merlin and a Little Egret were at Ballyquintin. (Adam McClure & Michael McLaughlin).

This afternoon between 30 and 40 Whooper Swans flew over Ballymena town centre. (David Ledsham).

Thanks to Slawomir Starzynski, Jeff Silvers and Geoff McIntyre for todays pictures.

 Turnstone - Slawomir Starzynski

Turnstone - Slawomir Starzynski
Eider - Jeff Silvers
Linnets & Twite - Geoff McIntyre

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