Bird News Tuesday 18th December

120 Waxwings were still at Queens University Boat Club in Stranmillis, Belfast, see picture below.  (Keith Bennett/Andrew Johnston).

A Whinchat, a very unusal wintering bird, was on the beach at Tyrella, in the vicinity of the toilet block, 200 metres east of Tyrella car park. A total of 12 Stonechats were along a five kilometre stretch of coast going west from Ringboy/Murphystown. Also seen were 3,000 Common Scoter, although distant, 20 Red-throated Divers, 15 Great Northern Divers, 40 Sanderling, 4 Twite, 80 Linnets, 30 Greenfinch, a Carrion Crow and 2 Otters. (Chris Murphy).

Late news from yesterday was of Waxwings and a Brambling were in Whitehead, see pictures below. (Cameron Moore).

9 Buzzards and 9 Red Breasted Merganser were around Lough Foyle and Myroe, see pictures below. (Christine Cassidy).

30 Waxwing were along Bloomfield Road South in Bangor near Tescos Garage (Dot Blakely).    

On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough a Slavonian Grebe, 11 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver and 250 Dunlin were at Loughshore (Gerard McGeehan).     

14 Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch and 4/5 Siskin were in a garden in Castlerock (Mervyn Guthrie).     

A possible Great White Egret was near Warrenpoint - the size of a Grey Heron but it would need to be confirmed (Jerry McKay).     

On the Antrim Plateau 17 Mealy Redpoll were at a small plantation along Star Bog Road at D324031 feeding on the ground and approachable. They had streaked white rumps. A Red Grouse and Snipe were in the same area (Karl Hamilton).   

Thanks to todays photographers, Cameron Moore for the first two Waxwing pictures and the Brambling picture, Christine Cassidy for the Whooper, Buzzard and Red Breasted Merganser pictures, Alan Gallagher for the Kingfisher pictures and Andrew Johnston for the picture of a tree full of Waxwings. You can see more bird pictures at


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  1. Whooper Swan on left carries Yellow colour-ring 601 (I think I can read that from the pic??). Has the photographer submitted this? If you're unsure please could you submit it at