Bird News Sunday 11th November

An interesting Pipit, probably a Water Pipit or possibly a Buff-bellied Pipit was close to the river emerging onto the beach at the corner of the third beach west of Tyrella, Co Down, where they do the horse jumping (GR J458354). Two Swallow were also at Minerstown (Dermot Hughes)

A Cattle Egret is on private land at Strabane this morning for its 10th day.

A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was in a garden outside Limavady (David McCool). See David's picture below.

14 Little Egret were at the Comber Estuary this morning.
A Little Egret was on the main lake at Castle Espie (Jim McKeown) 307 Whoopers wee also on the Estuary.

2 Waxwings were along the A2 at Drumnadreagh, Larne (Neal Warnock)

4 Snow Buntings were at Balintoy (Paul Scott)

The 3rd Winter Glaucous Gull was back today at Ballycastle (Colin Guy)

A Kingfisher was at the Quoile (Castle Island) an adult Med Gull at Marlfield Bay (Strangford Lough); 5 Great-northern Diver at Monaghan Bank (Kircubbin). Also unusually 12 Canada Geese at Lough Cowey (Keith Bennett)

60 Tree Sparrows were in a private garden at Richhill, Co Armagh - see pic below (Andrew Poots)

2 female Goosander were on Lough Island Reevy, near Castlewellan & 20 Crossbill were at Tollymore Mountain Centre this afternoon (Adam McClure)

55 Gadwall were at the lake at Mount Stewart (Andrew Upton).

5 Swallow, 2 Little Egret and several Carrion Crow were at Groomsport (Warren Fowles).

30 Snow Bunting were at Glendun (Larry Toal)

47 Sanderling and 4 Ringed Plover were at the outflow by Runkerry Bridge in Portballintrae and 2 Twite along the cliff path (Lowell Mills)

300 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing and several hundred Woodpigeon were along Lomond Road at Myroe (Stuart McKee).

2 Brambling were at the north end of Cushendun beach (Jeff Larkin)

Yesterday a Waxwing was at Castle Espie.

Many thanks to all for sharing their sightings.

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for the pic of a Little Egret in flight, Andrew Poots for the Tree Sparrows, Dick Glasgow for the Waxwing (Bushmills on Friday) and David McCool for the Great Spotted Woodpecker. You can see more bird pics at

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