Bird News Monday 9thJanuary

At RSPB Portmore Lough, Co. Antrim, NI were the male Smew (at the far end of the lough on the reedbed edge), 5 Shoveler, the Female Juv. Marsh Harrier (seen hunting over the willow scrub in the fen. Has been roosting on site since early December) and to comlete the raptor count a female Merlin hunting over wet meadow, a male Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard (Amy Burns) 
At Killard there was no sign of Richard's but there was a Short-eared Owl (Craig Nash)
Short-eared Owl - Craig Nash
At Ardglass harbour there were at least 5 Iceland Gulls and 1 Black Redstart (Craig Nash)

At Blackhead Co. Antrim were 2 Iceland Gull at the outfall. At Portmuck were a Gannet and 24 Red-throated Diver feeding in area (8 flying south)
6 Iceland Gull and 2 Mediteranean Gulls were at Enniskillen Dump (Brad Robson)
The Short-eared Owl was seen flying near Ballyqintin Point this morning (Ron Price & Michael Taylor)
4 Iceland Gulls were at Ballintoy Harbour (Irish Birding)
An adult Iceland Gull was at Kilkeel Harbour. 10 Bullfinch were at the bridge on the way down to the harbour (Stuart McKee).

Sightings around Dundrum \ Newcastle included: Dundrum Bay from Murlough High Dunes had 11 Velvet Scoters, 1180 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver. Newcastle Harbour had an adult Iceland Gull at outfall, 2 Red-throated Divers and 6 Purple Sandpipers. Dundrum Inner Bay North had 300 Brent Geese, 92 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret and 6 Greenshank. 2 Red Kites were at Tyrella. (Chris & Tim Murphy)

The second winter Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport and a Carrion Crow and 2 Red-throated Diver at Sheep Point. (George Gordon)

Yesterday a second winter Iceland Gull landed on the road at Myroe Levels (Mervyn Guthrie).
A Little Egret was at Whitehouse Lagoon (Stephen Maxwell)
Little Egret - Stephen Maxwell

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