Bird News Sunday 4th November

The juv Surf Scoter was showing down to a few metres in Carnlough Harbour at 12 (Neal Warnock)

The Ring-billed Gull was still at Groomsport (Stephen Maxwell)

20 Whooper Swan were at Kearney, 4 SandwichTern at Ballywalter and an ad Med Gull at Millisle (G.Armstrong /P.West)

Briggs Rocks, Co Down had 23 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret,1 Whimbrel and 7 Sandwich Terns which all flew past (Colin Guy)

A Merlin and 250 Whoopers were at Portmore Lough (Mark Smyth)

A Great Skua was off Carnlough (Jeff Larkin).

11 Great Northern Diver, 28 Red-throated Diver and 7 Slavonian Grebe were off Myroe and a Greenland White-fronted Goose, 110 Greylag and 5 Little Egret at the Levels (Stuart McKee).

A Water Rail was showing at Oxford Island , Kinnego Hide (Ed O Hara, C McQuillan, M Mc Mullan)

Yesterday a Swallow was at Whitehead (Stephen Foster)

2 Swallows were in Donaghadee and spent most of the morning in the Edgewater estate. 10 Purple Sandpipers and 50 Ringed Plover were roosting east of Bangor harbour (James Robinson)

15 + jays were at the Quoile today. Also 5 Swallows still there (Chris Henry)

4 Snow Bunting and 150 Barnacle Geese and a Merlin were at Malin Head (Gerard McGeehan)

Also yesterday The Creagh/Mullagh had c.500 Whoopers, 50 Greylags, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Little Egret, c. 500 Golden Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe and lots of winter thrushes (Chris Murphy/Gordon D'Arcy)

Thanks to Neil warnock for these pics of the Surf Scoter. You can see more pictures at

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