Bird News Saturday 1st December

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

11 Waxwing were at Knightsbridge Manor at Stranmillis in Belfast. Yesterday 30 were there (David Gray)

25 Waxwing were at Downshire at house 33 (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop). 3 Twite were on the seaward side of Downshire halt and one of them was ringed. 2 Long-tailed Duck were off Carrickfergus (George Henderson).

25 Snow Bunting were at Wolf Hill above Belfast and 28 Snow Bunting at the old landfill site along Hightown Road above Glengormley. A male Brambling was in a garden at Waterloo Park in Belfast (Larry Toal)

90 Tree Sparrows and 2 Bramblings were in a private garden at Richhill. Also the Chaffinch displaying characteristics of African Chaffinch was present (Andrew Poots)

A male Brambling was present in the Loughan, Coleraine and 2 Red Grouse and some Golden Plover at Altikeeragh NNR. (Richard Donaghey)

The Little Gull was present this morning at Craigavon North Lake (Garry Armstrong)

40 Waxwing were at Monkstown this morning (Birdguides)

Two Waxwings were at Temple Rise, Templepatrick , opposite primary school on cotoneaster bush (Sandy McWilliams)

Ballyquintin Point, Co Down had a Short-eared Owl, a Jack Snipe and a Sandwich Tern. Portavogie had 11 Jack Snipe (8 together) and 120 common snipe. On 24th November, 3 Sandwich tern were at Ballywalter and another 3 at Ballyferris (Richard Weyl)

33 Waxwing were in Derry (Richard Smith). Another 4 were in a private garden (Christine Cassidy)

Seven Waxwing were on Middle Road, Islandmagee, at noon (Wesley Smyth)

A single Waxwing was at North Road, east Belfast (Wilton Farrelly)

No sign on the Bonapartes gull at Larne today but a Med Gull was present (Ian Stevenson and Jim Bowman)

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Thanks to Cameron Moore for the Waxwing pic, Zach McCreery for the Little Gull pic, Stephen Maxwell for the Ring-billed Gull, Andrew Poots for the unusual Chaffinch and Mark Elliott for this pic of a Buzzard. You can see more pics at

possible 'African' Chaffinch - Andrew Poots
Buzzard  - Mark Elliott
Little Gull - Zach McCreery
Ring-billed Gull - Stephen Maxwell
Waxwing - Cameron Moore

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