Bird News Sunday 9th March

Portmuck Islandmagee had 16 Red-throated Diver and 12 harbour porpoise. Blackhead near Whitehead had 6 Red-throated Diver (Ian Enlander)

400+ Common Scoter, 20+ Red throated Diver, 12Great Northern Divers and around 10 Great crested Grebes were off Newcastle harbour this morning (Chris Henry)

A Great-spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming from Lagan Towpath, near the wooden bridge into Belvoir Forest (Philip McErlean / Ron Price)

At Greyabbey Bay were 20 Slavonian Grebe, 9 Black-throated Diver, 6 Red-throated Diver and 5 Great-northern Diver. (Richard Weyl)

A Slavonian Grebe was seen off Croaghan Hide at Oxford Island, Lough Neagh. Originally seen at distance abd thought to be a Black-necked Grebe, the finder believes it was Slavonian (Ciaran Burns)

A Sand Martin was seen today at Portmore Lough (Irish Birding)

850 Common Scoter, 70 Red throated Divers, 30 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Porpoises off Newcastle Hbr. Drake Ring-necked Duck on Tullyratty Dam, Nr Castleward. (Chris and Tim Murphy, Doris Noe)

The drake American Wigeon was seen again at Reedy Flats, Lough Neagh (Birdguides)

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for this pic of a Tree Sparrow, Christine Cunningham for the Starling and James O'Neill for the drake Goldeneye:

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