Bird News Sunday 12th February

The Snowy Owl is showing well this morning at Altikeeragh (just above the Ballyhackett viewpoint), Co. L'Derry. Also 10+ Red Grouse in the area. (Philip West)

The best way to access the Altikeeragh Reserve is to take the Burrenmore Rd at Downhill forest. Go along this road, take the next left on to the Ballywoodcock Rd. Travel along this road and go straight through the 4 way crossroads. Travel straight on for about a mile and take the right to the Ballyhackett view point. Travel to the end of this road where the reserve is sign posted.

The adult Bonaparte's Gull was still at Ballygalley (Ivor McDonald).2 Iceland Gull were along the Lagan in Belfast at McConnell weir (John Pyper).

80 Purple Sandpipers were at Ramore Head. 19 Snow Bunting, 3 Twite, 19 Red-throated Diver, 65 Common Scoter, 2 Slavonian Grebe and a leucistic Herring Gull at Magilligan point (Neal Warnock)
Snow Buntings, Magilligan - Neal Warnock
 The Cattle Egret was on the island at Hillsborough Lake this afternoon at 4:15. (Ron Price)

The Red-necked Grebe was still at Herring Bay and 30 Slavonian Grebe in the general area of Greyabbey Bay. A Short-eared Owl sitting on a post on Chapel Island, Strangford (Richard Weyl) 
A Marsh Harrier and a Little Egret were at Portmore Lough. A Bewicks Swan was with 80+ Whoopers at Oxford Island, bird centre right, distant shot (Ed O'Hara)
Whoopers with Bewick - Ed O'Hara
A first winter Kumlien's Gull was at Rossglass along with a juvenile and 2nd-winter Iceland Gulls.
1st and 3rd W Kumlien's, 2nd W Iceland and 2 1st W Glaucous at Corbally this afternoon. Ringtail Hen Harrier 2 miles east of Bushmills along B17. (Neal Warnock)

The drake Velvet Scoter was off Myroe. 400 Brent were also on the lawn fields (Gerard McGeehan \Shirley Dunlop)

10 Iceland Gull were at Ardglass this morning along with 3 Glaucous Gulls.
A Long-eared Owl was at Murlough today (Chris Henry)
Four Water Rail were next to the tow path 850 metres from the Scarva visitors centre heading towards Newry. They were in a small flooded field between the tow path and the railway line. (Mark Elliott)

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