Bird News Saturday 28th December

A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and the Ring-billed Gull were at Carrickfergus Harbour, Co Antrim (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).
An adult Iceland Gull was at Enniskillen dump, Co Fermanagh. (Brad Robson)

A redhead Goosander was off Glynn Station this afternoon in Larne Lough. (Neal Warnock).

9 Bullfinch, 5 male and 4 female were feeding on Sorbus bushes at the Grove roundabout in Ballymena this morning. (Iris Millar).

 At Ballyquintin Point there were 42 Great Northern Diver, most close inshore, 1500+ feeding Kittiwake, 300 Razorbill and a Gannet. A further 27 Great Northern Diver were elsewhere on the Outer Ards at Quintin Bay (7), Knockinelder Bay (4), Cloughy Bay (4), Portavogie (6), Ballyhalbert (1, there were 8 yesterday), Ballywalter (4) and Ganaway Bay (1). (Richard Weyl).

Groomsport and Ballymacormack Point had 1 Blackthroated Diver, 5 Great Northern Divers and 10 Red Throated Divers, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Gannet, plus good numbers of Guillemots and Razor Bills. Between Copeland and Portavoe were c16 Red Throated Divers. (R Hart, M Richardson & F Somerville).

A Jay was in the trees at Stormont Estate. (Sharon Barry).

The Greenland White-fronted Goose, 4 Greenshank, 2 Whooper Swan, 74 Teal and a Kingfisher were at Glynn between 8.15 and 9.15am (Cameron Moore).

Portmore Lough RSPB Reserve had 100 Whooper, 50 Tree Sparrows, 2 Kestrel, a male Sparrowhawk and a Kingfisher. (Ed O'Hara).

Thanks to today's photographers, to Iris Millar for the picture of the Bullfinch, to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Jay and Red Squirrel and to Ed O'Hara for the picture of the Whooper Swans. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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