Bird News Wednesday 29th October

A Slavonian Grebe was seen on the River Bann today about one mile upstream from the hide at the Barmouth, see picture below. (John Clarke).

St John’s Point between 8.30 and 10.30am had 2 juvenile/female Merlins, 1 juvenile female Peregrine, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 20 Twite, 40 Linnets, 20 Goldfinches, 30 Tree Sparrows, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 50 Skylarks (more calling high, out of sight; also heard going over Killough previous evening between 7pm and 11pm), 42 Magpies, 2 Stonechats and 30 Mallard on the sea. Also single Porpoise, Common Seal and Grey Seal. (Chris Murphy).

Scarva to Poyntzpass produced: - 7 Buzzard, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Linnet, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Raven, c30 Skylark, 3 Treecreeper and 2 Water Rail calling. (Fulton Somerville).

The Long-tailed Duck was still at Myroe Levels along with 5 Greenshank, 3 Yellowhammer and good numbers of Skylark. A Black-throated Diver and 2 Slavonian Grebe were off the Levels and 1,000 Golden Plover at Magilligan (David Clarke, John Pyper).   

2 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel and a Reed Bunting with a flock of Linnets were at Tyrella (Warren Fowles).

Thanks to John Clarke for the picture of the Slavonian Grebe, to Karl Martin for the pictures of the Meadow Pipit, Ringed Plover and Linnet, to Fulton Somerville for the picture of the Starling and to Dick Glasgow for the Wren pictures.



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