Bird News Sunday 9th February

The Glossy Ibis was still present at Ballycarry on the main Carrickfergus to Larne Rd at the Saddlery.  A Mediterranean Gull was at Glynn. (Ian Graham)

The Glossy Ibis was also seen at Kinnego Meadows, Oxford Island.(Mark Killops) see photo below.

A male Brambling was visiting a garden in Gilnahirk, east Belfast, this morning (Ron Price)

A Great spotted Woodpecker was seen at the Argory today. Flew into a tree along  the meadow ditches track, between meadow cottage and the River Blackwater. (Michael Ingleston)

A Brambling was on the Belmont Rd, Belfast (Philip West)

4 Twite were on Portstewart beach. (John Clarke) see photo below.

A red headed Goosander was at Craigavon North Lake on 8th Feb (and at same place the week before  on 1st) a female Long-tailed Duck  with Scaup and Pochard at Bartins Bay Lough Neagh J 070 658(Brian Nelson)

The Red-necked Grebe was still at Inch Lake. The red headed Goosander was still at Thorn, Letterkenny (Chris Ingram)

Killybegs today had 10 Kumlien's, 13 Icelands and 9 Glaucous Gulls (Brad Robson)

A probable Slaty-backed Gull was seen in Galway on Saturday (Tom Cuffe)

4 Ross's Gulls were seen in Britain and Ireland today so it is well worthwhile keeping an eye out for one!

Todays photographs have been kindly sent in by (from the top) Mark Killops of the Glossy Ibis. Tom McCreery for the male Stonechat. Ed O'Hara for the female Stonechat. Karl Martin for the Curlew. John Clarke for the Twite. James O'Neill for the Pochard.

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