Bird News Tuesday 7th October

A blue morph Snow Goose (of unknown origin) was with the Greylag at the Quoile Pondage (Danny Baillie)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was along the road to Lisburn 5 mins walk from the car park at Drumbeg (Vernon Carter)

A Jack Snipe was at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB reserve, Co Fermanagh (Brad Robson).

 This morning at St John's Point between8am - 11am were 1 Arctic Skua, 1Common Tern, 6 Sandwich Terns, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 2,000 Razorbill (between 8.30 and 9.30), a few Black Guillemots and Common Guillemots, 20 Scoter, 1 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Gadwall, 60 Brent Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Red-throated Divers (all flying south), 7 Great Northern Divers (all in summer plumage, flying north), an adult Mediterranean Gull, c. 500 Kittiwakes (flying north), c. 100 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (flying south), 300 Common Gulls (flying south), 200 Golden Plover. S outherly visible migration over the point included 1350 Skylark, 60 Swallow, 8 House Martins, 1 Carrion Crow, 200 Meadow Pipits, 500 Linnets, 1Redpoll, 9 Tree Sparrows, 40 Goldfinches, 20 alba wagtails. Also present: 1-2 juvenile Peregrines, 1-2 Kestrels, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Ravens, 6 Magpies, 10 Rock Pipits, 1 Blackbird, 3 Robins, 1Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Wrens. (Chris and Tim Murphy).

Around 150 Whooper Swans were on Inch Lake in Donegal. (Robin Cunningham)

A Garden Warbler was on Rathlin Island (Neal Warnock).

The female Marsh Harrier was at Quoile Pondage and an Iceland Gull at Dundrum Inner Bay South (Leonard Charles).

Thanks to Lindsay Hodges for the picture of a Kestrel and to David Hill for the pictures of the Grey Plover.



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