Bird News Friday 30th November

The Comber Estuary today had a Green-winged Teal among 750 Teal. Also: c. 300 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 350 Shelduck, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, c. 1000 Dunlin, c. 200 Redshank, 4 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swan. (Chris Murphy).

A winter plumaged Little Gull was at the Balancing Lakes in Lurgan, see pictures below. (Noel Austin & Tom McCreery).

A male Brambling was in a garden at Grove roundabout, Ballymoney Road, Ballymena. (Iris Millar).

A male Brambling was still visiting a garden at the Spa near Ballynahinch, 3 Redpolls and a male Siskin were also present. (David Nixon).

A male Brambling is also visiting a garden at Gilnahirk in east Belfast. (Ron Price).

2 Brambling were at Lough Shark, Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh. (Joe Devlin),

2 Waxwings were along the road in Crawfordsburn. (Kerry Leonard).

7 Waxwings were a mile outside Carryduff on the Saintfield Road heading towards Saintfield. (Garry Armstrong).

3 Woodcock flew over the M1 at Moira this evening. (Ed O'Hara).

11 Red-breasted Merganser were in Belfast Lough. (Stephen Maxwell).

30 Waxwing were along Toome Road in Ballymena (David Steele).     

3 Purple Sandpiper were west of Pickie in Bangor (Derek Polley).       

25 Waxwing were at Cairn Road in Coleraine but flew off at 1.20pm (Lowell Mills, Richard Hoy).      

On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough a Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver and 48 Red-breasted Merganser were off Macedon Point and a Great Northern Diver and 40 Common Scoter at Loughshore Park (Stuart McKee).             

At Whitehead 2 Brambling and a Tree Sparrow were in a garden and 39 Waxwing along Islandmagee Road. At least 3 Little Egret were at Ballycarry Bridge and a Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver at Mill Bay (Cameron Moore).        

A Short-eared Owl was along the Ulster Way above Sallagh Braes (Karl Hamilton).     

Yesterday at Lough Foyle 32 Slavonian Grebe, a Great Northern and 10 Red-throated Diver were off Myroe and 60 Greylag, 350 Whooper Swan, 300 Curlew, 100 Lapwing and a few Greenshank at the Levels (Richard Hoy).   

Thanks to Tom McCreery for the first picture of the Little Gull, Noel Austin for the rest of the Little Gull pictures, Stephen Maxwell for the picture of the Whooper Swan and Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Buzzard. You can see more NI bird pictures at

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