Bird News Friday 6th October

A Garden Warbler was trapped and ringed at Portstewart dunes this morning. (Richard Donaghey, John Clarke).

Black Head had 1 Chiffchaff in mixed flock with 40 Goldcrest and 25 Long-tailed Tit. Total of 18 Harbour Porpoise between Black Head and Portmuck. (Ian Enlander.

The juvenile Black Tern was still at Mullagh, Lough Beg today. Also present was a Little Stint, a new bird, up to 80 Ruff and 41 Swallows. (David Steele).

4 Slavonian Grebe were at Greyabbey Bay, 300+ Skylark were at Kirkiston and 14 Red-throated Diver flying south at Burial Island. (Richard Wiel).

The female Snow Bunting is still at Ramore Head. (Colin Guy).

This afternoon there was 20 adult Whooper Swans flying over Portavoe Resovoir heading south over the Warren Road in Donaghadee. (David McCormick).

A 1st winter Little Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Manx Shearwater, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Redpoll, 7 Reed Bunting, 10 Tree Sparrow and 300 Linnet were at St John's Point. 2 Yellowhammer and 250 Linnet were in fields 500m south of Killough. (Tim Murphy).

Thanks to John Clarke for the first picture of the Garden Warbler and to Richard Donaghey for the second picture.


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