Bird News Wednesday 24th October

A Pink-footed Goose was with 7 Whooper Swans at a fish pond at Killyglen, just west of Larne, County Antrim (Clive Mellon)

Two thousand Whooper Swans were at Myroe, Lough Foyle along with 3 Med Gull, a Slavonian Grebe and 9 Twite (Christine Cassidy / Theo Campbell)

In Belfast 3,000 Starling were roosting on wires along Upper Newtownards Road at Connswater (Andy Elliott).

In south Down a Kingfisher was at Quoile Centre and 8 Jay collecting acorns along the river near there. Collectors Bay at the Quoile Pondage had a Pochard, a few Wigeon, 12 Teal, 6 Shoveler and 2 Snipe. A Redwing and 8 Mistle Thrush were at Inch Abbey (Dot Blakely).

A male Brambling was in a garden in Whitehead (Cameron Moore).

Many thanks to Christine for the Whopper pic, Alan Gallagher for the male Kingfisher and Alistair Prentice for the male Blackbird. You can see more pics at

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