Bird News Sunday 22nd December

 The Grey Phalarope was still at the north end of the bay at Carnfunnock. (Garry Armstrong).

Randalstown forest this morning had 3 Jay, 2 Redpoll, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Fieldfare, 12 Long-tailed Tits, 30 Goldfinch, 5 Teal and 4 Little Grebe. (John Loughlin & Irene Millar).

2 Jack Snipe and a Slavonian Grebe were at Horse Island near Kircubbin. (Richard Weyl).

The Spoonbill was showing well at Castle Espie. 500+ Golden Plover, 100+ Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 16 Little Egret and half a dozen Gadwall were also present. A Kingfisher made a brief appearance. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).

The adult Mediterranean Gull was still at Crawfordsburn beach (Stuart McKee).

1,000 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover and 80 Curlew were in fields beside Killough brickworks (Declan Clarke).

The Ring-billed Gull was still in the car-park at Carrickfergus harbour and 3 Little Egrets were at Ballycarry Bridge. (Philip West). 

Thanks to todays photographers, to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Tree Sparrows and Coal Tit at Breen Wood, to Cecil Smyth for the pictures of the Grey Phalarope and the Fieldfare and to Kevin Kirkham-Brown for the pictures of the Spoonbill. You can see more NI bird pictures at



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