Bird News Thursday 2nd January

A male Ring-necked Duck was at Castleward,  Templewater Co.Down.(Birdguides)

The Spoonbill was still at Castle Espie and a Blackcap coming to feeders there. 130 Whooper Swan were at Islandhill. 2 Sandwich Tern were at Cloghy Rocks and a Greenshank at Kilclief. 15/20 Kittiwake were in in Strangford Narrows seen from the ferry (Derek Polley)

A Slavonian Grebe was close inshore at the turn in road north of the RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve at 11.30 (Stephen Drake)

A first winter Glaucous Gull was at Waterfoot, Co Antrim (Neal Warnock)
An adult Iceland Gull was at Enniskillen tip, Co Fermanagh, a different individual from the one on 28th December (Brad Robson)

A Peregrine was at Academy Street at Cathedral Quarter in Belfast (David Clarke).

2 Woodcock were near Castledawson. In Donegal a juvenile intermediate Snow Goose was with the geese at Inch Levels. A male Smew was at Inch Lake and 500 Greenland White-fronted Geese and a Little Egret at Big Isle (Richard Gray).

The Goosander was still at Craigavon Balancing Lakes (Ed O'Hara)

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Our thanks to Dave Hill who kindly sent in  this pic of 5 Ringed Plover and lone Sanderling. Also to Angus Kennedy for the Wren.

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