Bird News Saturday 24th November

The two Buff-bellied Pipits were still on the beach west of Tyrella along with 8 Twite. 8 Waxwing were along Ballyloughlin Road near Dundrum. (Joe Devlin & Clifford Sharpe).

The adult Bonaparte's Gull is back at Larne harbour on the ferry platform, see picture below. Larne Lough had a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull, 65 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter and a Carrion Crow. Carnlough had 32 Common Scoter. (Neal Warnock).

This afternoon Whitehead had 15 Waxwing at Brooklands Avenue. Portmuck had 300 razorbill + 26 Harbour Porpoise (best count for a few years). - (Ian Enlander).

A flock of Waxwing were on the Middle Road, Islandmagee, see pictures below. (Cecil Smyth).

A female Hen Harrier was near Larne. (Bill Guiller).

A Little Egret was  near the Ballygawley Roundabout, Co Tyrone this morning, it was about half a mile on Augher side, it flew down near a river beside A4. (Colin Bell).

The 2 Black-throated Divers and 2 Great Northern Divers were still off Groomsport this afternoon. (Ron Price & Ronnie Milligan).

On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough an adult Mediterranean Gull, Little Egret and 2 Long-tailed Duck were at Loughshore (Gerard McGeehan).      

7 Waxwing were at the gates of Whitehead Primary School (Cameron Moore).       

10 Waxwing were at Springfield in Fermanagh (Gareth Buchanan/Brad Robson).     

At Strangford Lough 80 Pintail, 30 Turnstone and 300 Shelduck were at the Floodgates. 2 Little Egret, a Buzzard, Kingfisher and 64 Wigeon were at Anne's Point and 18 Gadwall at Kiltonga. 20 Skylark were along Ballyalton Road (Jim Whitla, Bangor RSPB).    

Our thanks to Neal Warnock for the picture of the Bonaparte's Gull, Cecil Smyth for the first two Waxwing pictures, Stephen Maxwell for the next three Waxwing pictures, Mark Killops for the Buzzard picture and Dick Glasgow for the Long Tailed Tit picture. You can see more NI bird pictures at

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