Bird News Friday 2nd November

A Surf Scoter was in Carnlough Harbour, Co Antrim on Wednesday afternoon, see pictures below. (Gary Brown)

A juvenile American Golden Plover is on the turf fields, Myroe levels. With c.450 goldies. A 1st winter Iceland Gull and adult Ring-billed Gull were at the east strand, Portrush (Neal Warnock)

A Curlew Sandpiper and an ad Med Gull at the Roe Estuary. 2 Greenland White-fronts and a Slavonian Grebe were at Longfield Levels, Lough Foyle. (Neal Warnock).

The female Brambling was still visiting a garden in Fivemiletown. (Colin Bell).

In Somerset Wood, Coleraine, a mixed flock of tits, finches and Goldcrests included 100+ Goldcrests and 30+ Long Tailed Tits. (Ian Enlander).       

Amongst others 6 Shoveler, a Buzzard, 40 Lapwing and 100 Golden Plover were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Andy Elliott).      

The adult Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport.

There were 50+ Brent Geese just north of Ballycarry Bridge in Larne Lough. ( Robert McDowell).     

Yesterday a male Brambling was still at the north end of Cushendun Bay where 2 Whooper Swan were on the water. The summer plumage Great Northern Diver was still at Portrush Harbour (Colin Guy).

Thanks to todays photographers, Gary Brown for the Surf Scoter pictures, Alistair Prentice for the Twite picture, Cecil Smyth for the Buzzard pictures, Robert McDowell for the Pied Wagtail and Rock Pipit pictures and Adam Middleton, aged 11, for the picture of the Fox. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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