Bird News Tuesday 17th December

Two Glossy Ibis were at Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal today (Ralph Shepperd)

Two female Goosander were on Lough Island Reevy, Castlewellan this afternoon (Adam McClure)

The Grey Phalarope was still off the jetty at Carnfunock this morning (Brian Murphy / Neal Warnock)

226 Whooper Swans were on Portmore Lough along with 1732 Pochard and 648 Tufted ducks (Amy Burns)

Yesterday 18 Shoveler were at Lurgan Park Lake. A female or immature Goosander, 17 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon and an Otter were at Craigavon Lakes (Stephen Hewitt, Glen West).

 60 Chaffinch, 30/40 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Goldfinch, 20 Curlew and 4 Lapwing were at Glencraig Community Centre at Craigavad (Warren Rainey).

The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus Harbour and an adult Mediterranean Gull at Greenisland Sea Park (Gerard McGeehan).

A Snow Bunting was on Slieve Gullion, Co. Armagh. (David Knight).

8 Little Egrets were feeding along the edge of the small lagoon by the causeway to the Quoile Pondage. (Tony Donaldson).

A single Pink-footed Goose was at Lough Macnean, Co Fermanagh (no Now Goose this year) and 2 Goosander at Lough Alowney,South Donegal (Brad Robson)

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the three pictures of the same Mediterranean Gull with the leg ring 32LU taken in July, November and yesterday at Sandy Bay, Larne, to David Knight for the picture of the Snow Bunting from Slieve Gullion and to Tony Donaldson for the picture of the Little Egrets at the Quoile.



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