Bird News Friday 15th January

19 Ruff (possibly more) were seen at Diamond Lane, Aghalee today. Two Greenland-whitefronted Geese were with around 150 Greylags at the same location. (David Nixon)

A flock of 24 Snipe were feeding in a field near Ross Park Hotel, Ballymena this morning. (Adam McClure).

A female Blackcap was visiting a garden in Gransha, Bangor. (Stuart McQueen).

Castle Island Road on the way down to the Quoile had 100 Linnet, 100 Chaffinch, 5 Skylark and a few Redwing and Fieldfare. Prospect Road at Ballygowan had 150 Redwing, a few Fieldfare and a Sparrowhawk (David Clarke).

Two 1st winter Iceland Gulls were in Ardglass harbour. (Chris Murphy).

Approximately 20 Twite were at Whitehead seafront, see picture below. (Nigel Moore).

Thanks to David for this record pic of some of the Ruff, to Jeff Silvers for the picture of the Sparrowhawk, to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Buzzard, to Stuart McQueen for the picture of the Blackcap, to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Redshank and to Nigel Moore for the picture of the Twite from Whitehead:



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