Bird News Sunday 24th March

The adult male Lesser Scaup still at Oxford Island just outside breakwater with Tufties (Brad Robson)

13 Waxwings were again in Whyte Acres, Banbridge having stayed since yesterday. (Mark Elliott)

9 Waxwings, were at Ross Bay, Waterside, Derry and 15 Waxwings in the Shantallow Area, Derry (Christine Cassidy)

A flock of 30 Waxwing were at Culmore Point, Derry (Martina Boyle)

A pair of Slavonian Grebe were in a bay south of Greyabbey this morning (Richard Gowen)

On the Ourer Ards: Black-throated Diver: 1 Greyabbey Bay S, Great northern diver: 1 Marlfield (S Strangford Lough). Red-throated diver: 1 Gransagh Bay (Strangford narrows). Slavonian grebe: 5 Greyabbey Bay S. Short-eared Owl: 1 Ballyquintin. Red-legged Partridge: 1 on road just S of Kircubbin. Golden plover: large flocks (100s) at Floodgates, Ballyquintin, Kirkistown. Stock Dove: 4 on fields between Greyabbey and Mount Stewart (Keith Bennett)

No sign of the Barr Hall Bay green-winged teal (last seen by me 18th March).

Thanks to Mark for the top Waxwing pic, Christine for the middle pic and Martina for the bottom Waxwing pic. Thanks to Richard for the Slav Grebe picture.
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