Bird News Sunday 1st February

The Black Redstart was still at Newcastle Harbour today (Chris Henry)

The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Ballycarry bridge, Larne Lough (Keith Bennett)

The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus harbour this morning (Adam McClure / Keith Bennett)

4 Twite were on Carrickfergus harbour wall and a female Long-tailed Duck off Fisherman's wharf. (Keith Bennett)

A possible Mealy Redpoll was in Richill, Co Armagh (Andrew Poots)

Last Friday a Barn Owl was seen around 9pm on the Leathamstown Road - close to the junction of Hannastown road between Stoneyford and Dundrod. (Eric Randall)

A 1st winter Iceland Gull was in Ardglass and 30 Twite were on the shore beside the caravan park at Minerstown. (Garry Armstrong).

The pair of Dipper were showing at Moat Park Dundonald. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown)

A Spoonbill and Green-winged Teal were at Anne's Point in Strangford Lough (Billy Miskelly)

A Slavonian Grebe was just off the harbour highway, Larne this morning. At the nearby lagoon were 30+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Greenshank and a Kingfisher (Gavin Ferguson)

Thanks to Chris Henry for this pic of the Newcastle Black Redstart and Andrew Poots for the probable Mealy Redpoll and Gavin Ferguson for the Slavonian Grebe. You can see more pics at

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