Bird News Wednesday 22nd October

A 1st winter Glaucous Gull was near Dunseverick harbour. 2 Barnacle Geese and 9 White fronted Geese were seen flying past. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at Marconi’s outfall at Ballycastle. 35 Whooper Swans were seen flying along the coast with another 50 in a field near Runkerry, Bushmills. (Colin Guy).

St John’s Point between 8.30 and 9.00 had 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Divers, otherwise very small numbers of seabirds. 1500 Golden Plover are still in the area.
Also, for the record, a drake Ring-necked Duck in eclipse was at Inch Lake on 13th October when 84 species were recorded on Inch Island (including a pair of Black Swans with a cygnet, Pheasant and a lone Feral/Racing Pigeon). 100 species might be possible on the island at this time of year. (Chris Murphy).

3 Red Kite, 20 Sanderling, 16 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Northern Diver were at Tyrella. (George Gordon).

A Snow Bunting was at Castlerock and a 1st winter Iceland Gull at the Barmouth. (Birdguides).

Tory Island had a Northwestern Redpoll, a Lapland Bunting and a Pomarine Skua. (Birdguides).

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