Bird News Tuesday 28th October

St John’s Point was quiet this morning, best was a pair of Shelduck. In Killough there were 6 Little Egrets, a Greylag and a family of 6 Whoopers (incl. 4 juvs), 32 Ringed Plover and 6 Tree Sparrows, (Chris Murphy)

Ballykelly had small groups of Whooper Swans totalling 40 birds, 35 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Pintail, 3 Little Egrets and c 80 Skylarks. Myroe Levels produced 20 Whooper Swans,1 Pink-footed Goose,1 Long-tailed Duck,1 Scaup (the latter two in the drainage channel) 2 Little Egrets, a Peregrine with a kill and 12 Greenshank. (Coleraine RSPB Group)

A Red-flanked Bluetail, the fourth Irish record, was at Tarmon on the Mullet Peninsula.

Thanks to Karl Martin for this pic of a Stonechat at Tyrella and to Margaret Adamson for the Pintail at the Maltings, Strangford:

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