Bird News Saturday 3rd November

2 immature American Golden Plover are at Myroe, with several hundred European golden plover (Keith Bennett)

A Little Egret was at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve (Adam Middleton)

A female Hen harrier and 14 Fieldfare on Fair Head today, also 14 Raven and 4 Buzzard around a Sheep carcass. (Richard Donaghey)

18 Twite were on the saline lagoon at Castle Espie.

Briggs Rocks had a Whimbrel and 43 Grey Lag Geese flew in off the sea (Colin Guy)

5 Whooper were at the Billy Neill playing fields, Dundonald (Stephen Maxwell)

An adult type Kumlien's Gull was at Big Isle, Lough Swilly, Co Donegal. A Barnacle Goose was there also. A drake Green-winged Teal and a drake Red-crested Pochard were at Blanketnook.18 Pink-footed Geese,1 Barnacle and a Slavonian Grebe were at Inch Lake/levels, Lough Swilly. (Neal Warnock)

Elsewhere around Inch were 288 Brent Geese, 4 Yellowhammer with a flock of mixed finches a Female Sparrowhawk, Merlin, large flocks of Greylag and Canada Geese and well over 1000 Whooper Swans (Christine Cassidy)

The Surf Scoter was looked for without success at Carnlough Harbour (Keith Bennett et al)

Thanks to Zach McCreery for this cracking picture of a Stonechat and to Stephen Maxwell for the Whooper pic. You can see further recent pictures at
Male Stonechat - Zach McCreeryy

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