Bird News Sunday 18th November

The Buff-bellied Pipit was at Corbetts Beach, west of Tyrella, Co Down (Philip West / Ed O'Hara et al). However later, whilst observing 'the bird', it was briefly joined by a very similar pipit. There was slightly more streaking on the belly of this second bird and the consensus of a number of the observers is that there are now likely to be two Buff-bellied Pipits - however unprobable that scenario sounds!

Four American Golden Plover were at Myroe Levels, an adult and 3 juveniles.

25 Waxwings were on the Donaghadee Rd (just off the Bangor Ring road on the D'dee side) this pm (James Robinson)

A Waxwing was at Derrytrasna (Noel Austin)

A pink-footed goose with whoopers on field west of Toomebridge (Keith Bennett)

2 Yellowhammers and 4 Little Egret were at Pattons Marsh, Newtownards (Samuel Scott)

A Female Great Spotted Woodpecker was visiting a garden at Bright, near Killough since at least 17th Nov (Jack Rae)

At Island Magee a Common Scoter was at Mill Bay and a Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Diver at Brown's Bay (Cameron Moore)

18 Waxwing were feeding on honeysuckle berries at Larne Harbour (Roger Ford-Hutchinson)

A Twite and 6 Long-tailed Duck (four of them male) were at Fisherman's Pier in Carrickfergus (Gerard McGeehan).

10 Waxwing were at Kenvarra Park in Coleraine (Lowell Mills).

A Black-throated Diver and the adult Ring-billed Gull were at Groomsport (George Gordon).

12 Canada Geese and 3 Raven were at Portaferry (Mark Smyth).

Yesterday 30 Waxwing were at Leyland Road beside the caravan park in Ballycastle (Colin Guy)

Thanks to Ed for the pic below of the Buff-bellied Pipit and Noel for the Waxwing pic. You can see more pics at

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