Bird News Tuesday 26th February

15 Waxwings on Castlewellan Rd, Banbridge at 5:30 pm. (Mark Elliott)

At Rockport, Craigavad, Co Down there were 4 Purple Sandpipers in the high tide wader roost. 19 Light-bellied Brent Geese were also present (Clive Mellon)

A female Brambling was in a garden near Londonderry (David Hill)

A 1st winter Iceland Gull was in a ploughed field near Church on road down to Ballintoy. A 3rd winter Glaucous was still at Ballycastle and 2 very tame Great Northern Divers in the Marina there. The Ring-billed Gull was at East Strand Portrush as usual. 150 Greylag Geese flew over Portrush at dusk. Also heard from a third party – Long-tailed Duck still on Rathlin (Colin Guy)

A Waxwing was at Ballymena Ecos Park (Jeff Larkin).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming in Antrim and 2 Raven were at the boat club (Mark Smyth)

A Snow Bunting was at Shane's Hill (Joe Lamont)

Yesterday near Lough Shark, County Down were 100+ finches which included 20+ Tree Sparrows and 3 Bramblings (Fulton Sommerville)

Thanks to Mark Elliott for the pic of the Banbridge Waxwings, taken with mobile phone! Also thanks to Alistair Prentice for this unusual Brent Goose portrait an to Joe Lamont for the Snow Bunting.

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