Bird News Sunday 21st October

Today in Coleraine there were 10 House Martins in The Loughan and 19 Whooper Swans flying West over Christie Park (Richard Donaghey)

Portmore Lough had 43 Whooper Swans, 3 Greylag, 2 Raven, 2 Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel. (Ed O'Hara)

At Greyabbey, the Long-tailed Duck was still present along with three Slavonian Grebe and a Little egret (Keith Bennett)

The adult Ring-billed Gull was at Portrush East Strand car park (Richard Hoy).

Briggs Rocks near Groomsport had 8 Siskin flying in off the sea as well as 2 Red-throated Diver. A Little Egret was at Ballymacormick Lagoon (Colin Guy).

Groomsport had 6 Swallow, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver, Whimbrel, Stonechat and probably the same Little Egret (Gerard McGeehan)

A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Shinvagh, Glenties, Co. Donegal (Chris Ingram)

Thanks to Ed (Whooper), Alistair (Buzzard - it is a wild bird!) and Colin Guy (Snow Bunting) for the pictures below. You can see more pics at

Raven - Ed O'Hara

Buzzard - Alistair Prentice

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