Bird News Monday 18th March

The Drake Ring-necked Duck, 12 Lapwing and 6 Water Rail were at Tullyratty Dam, near Castleward. A high count of 11 Jack Snipe together with 6 Common Snipe were on private ground near Downpatrick. 675 Brent Geese in Killough Harbour. (Chris Murphy)

The unusual african type Chaffinch re-appeared this morning in Richill, Co Armagh after not being seen since 6th January. It was seen between 9-11am. (Andrew Poots)

The Bonapartes Gull was seen again today at Ballygalley, Co Antrim (Richard Hunter)

A Pink-footed Goose was with 30 Greylags this afternoon at Church Bay, Larne Lough (Neal Warnock)

2 Bewick Swans were in the Portmore Lough area (Ed O'Hara)

On Sunday there were 5 Red-throated Divers off Seapark at Greenisland and around 300 Black-tailed Godwits (David Stirling)

A Wheatear was at Ballintoy Harbour (Simon Morton ).

An adult Iceland Gull flew east towards Bangor at Smelt Mill Bay (Julian Greenwood).

Thanks to Andrew Poots for these two pics of the Chaffinch. Also thanks to Alistair Prentice for the female Greenfinch pic. Thanks also to Christine Cassidy for the Wren photo,and finally to Tom McCreery for the Grey Heron .


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