Bird News Sunday 14th October

The Curlew Sandpiper was still at Bann estuary (Keith Bennett)

Circa1000 Whooper Swan were on fields at Ballykelly (Keith Bennett)

3 Slavonian Grebes and one Great Northern Diver were south of Greyabbey Bay this morning. An adult Med Gull was at Orlock this pm (James Robinson)

A Merlin was at Ramore Head and the Barnacle Goose was still at Portballintrae and a Swallow at Lisnagunogue near Bushmills (Richard Donaghey/Lowell Mills).

On the 12th 12 House Martin were at Crossgar.

Tory Island had a good run of birds today with Richards Pipit, Barred Warbler, Redstart, Pied Fly and 20 Brambling (Paul Kelly, Jim Dowdall & Tom Shevlin). A Pectoral Sandpiper was also at Derrybeg, Co Donegal (Davy Hunter)

Thanks to Gregory Moorhead for this picture of a Great spotted Woodpecker which was at Tollymore yesterday, Ed O'Hara for the picture of the Whoopers at Ardmore, Lough Neagh, Cecil Smyth for the picture of the Kingfisher at Castle Espie, Alistair Prentice for the picture of the Stonechat from the Newry Canal, Noel Austin for the picture of the Reed Bunting at Oxford Island and Stephen Maxwell for the picture of the Teal.


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