Bird News Saturday 1st February

The Pacific Diver was still at Lough Fea (Paul Kelly)

3 Snow Buntings and a first winter Glaucous Gull were at Portrush East Strand Car Park (John Clarke)

Two Black-throated Diver were at Rossnowlagh along with a Velvet Scoter (Chris Ingram)

The drake Ring-necked Duck and 7 Scaup were at Oxford Island, Lough Neagh. Also present were 300 Pochard, 300 Tufted Duck and 50 Goldeneye  (Ed O'Hara)

The Spoonbill was still at Castle Espie.

The Glossy Ibis was still at Ballycarry, in the field opposite the saddlery on the Larne Road. The Ring-billed Gull at Carrickfergus (Birdguides)

A Blackcap was in a garden at Scrabo, Newtownards (R Donnelly)

The Cattle Egret was still at Hillsborough Lake (seen just before 4pm) and a female brambling was in a garden in Hillsborough (Garry Wilkinson)

Thanks to John Clarke for this picture of the Snow Buntings and Dessie Loughrey for the Sanderling:

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