Bird News Monday 16th December

A Grey Phalarope was just of the jetty at Carnfunnock Co.Antrim.(Brenda Campbell / Roy Hutchinson) Carnfunnock is on the coast road north of Larne.

An adult Mediterranean Gull with a green ring 32LU was at Sandy Bay in Larne. It was first seen here in June/July 2013 (Cameron Moore)

A Barn Owl flew across the Lylehill Road, Templepatrick , Co Antrim last night at 9pm.  (Sandy McWilliams)

75 Whooper swans, 24 Curlew and 46 Fieldfare in fields close to Creighton's green reservoir Holywood. A Sparrowhawk also seen in Craigantlet Hill. An Otter was also seen in Victoria Park in Belfast (Gilly Irwin)

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Thanks to Noel Austin for this pic of a Grey Wagtail, Roy Hutchinson for the Grey Phalarope and Angus Kennedy for the Spoonbill:

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