Bird News Wednesday 8th January

A Great Northern Diver & female Goosander were off Glynn, Larne Lough this morning (Adam McClure)

An Ivory Gull has been found at Tacumshin, Co Wexford and was present this afternoon (Tony Murray)

110 Pintail were on Strangford Lough at 2.15 pm today, opposite the main entrance to Mount Stewart. (Hugo Ritchie)

5+ Tree Sparrows were at a seed feeder at Townhill Road, Portglenone this morning. (John Loughlin and Irene Miller)

400 Fieldfare were in fields at junction of Mealough and Mill Roads in Carryduff (David Clarke)

Glencraig at Camphill Community, Craigavad had 22 Twite on the beach, and 25 Golden Plover, a flock of 40 Goldfinch/Greenfinch/Chaffinch, 40 Curlew, 25 Oystercatcher, a Kestrel and Buzzard in the fields (Warren Rainey)

A Whooper Swan was at  the Waterworks Park, Cavehil Belfast (Noeni Bryars)

Lough Island Reavey had 5 female and 1 male Goosander, 8 Goldeneye, 20 Wigeon, Mallard and 150 Comorant. Newcastle beach had 16 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 60 Ringed Plover, 300 Dunlin, 2 Knot and 15 Turnstone. Newcastle Harbour had 8 Great Northern Divers very close in and 60+ Common Scoter further out. Bloody Bridge View Point, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 Great Northern Divers and 2 Porpoise (James Whitla, Michael Richardson and Fulton Somerville)

Separately at Newcastle this afternoon there were at least 13 Purple Sandpipers roosting at the end of the harbour wall and offshore near the harbour and near the estuary of Shimna River a total of at least 12 Great Northern Divers (Ian Jackson)

Thanks to William Smiton for this pic of a Red-breasted Merganser taken in Larne, Fulton Somerville for the Goosanders, Noeni Bryars for the Whooper and Ian Jackson for the Purple Sandpiper. You can see more pics at

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