Bird News Sunday 16th December

70 Waxwing, a Fieldfare and Redwing were at the boat club at Stranmillis in Belfast (William Smyton / Alan Gallagher)

In Bangor 30 Waxwing were at 71 Rathmore Road (Derek Polley) and 10 at Brooklyn Avenue in Ballyholme (Pat Gordon)

7 Waxwing and unusually a Black-headed Gull were at a Waterside garden in Coleraine (Lowell Mills, Emzi Frater)

A possible Mealy Redpoll was at Oxford Island - see pic below (Ed O'Hara)

A male Hen Harrier was in the marsh beside Inch Abbey and 5 Bullfinch (4 of them male) in a garden in Lisburn (Vernon Carter)

Yesterday 40 Waxwing were at the QUB Boat Club, Stranmillis, Belfast (James Robinson)

Craigavon South Lake today had the Little Gull. Oxford Island had a Kingfisher (Ed.O’ Hara / Comghall Mc Quillan)

6 Waxwings at Meetinghouse St, Larne (Neal Warnock)

A single Waxwing was at Scarva along with a Kingfisher and a Sparrowhawk (Alistair Prentice)

Two Brambling were in a garden at Richhill, Co Armagh (Andrew Poots)

A juvenile Great Northern Diver was in Glenarm bay next the harbour. 11 Curlew were at Carnlough bay, near the playpark (John Mckillop)

Thanks to Ed O'Hara for the pic of the Little Gull, Alistair Prentice for the Sparrowhawk, Christine Cassidy for the Snow Buntings, Andrew Poots for the Brambling and Alan Gallagher for the Boat Club Waxwings pics. You can see more pics at

Snow Buntings - Christine Cassidy

Waxwings - Alan Gallagher

Brambling - Andrew Poots

Sparrowhawk - Alistair Prentice

Possible Mealy Redpoll - Ed O'Hara

Little Gull - Ed O'Hara

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