This morning between 8:30 and 9, Whitehead seafront had 103 Red-throated Diver and 13 Great Northern Diver flying into Belfast Lough. 4 Twite were at Whitehead boat park (Ian Enlander)
Two Waxwings were still fly-catching from trees at the mouth of the river in Ballycastle (Neal Warnock/Michael Latham/Paul & Niall Mulvenna). Several Brambling were in the Antrim hills. (Michael Latham). A Brambling was at Glynn Station this afternoon. (Brian Halligan). A 1st winter Little Gull and a 1st winter Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid were at Corbally Reservoir outside Portrush. (Neal Warnock).
7 Pink-footed Geese, 200 Greylag Geese and 300+ Whooper Swans were in several large flocks over a wide area around Aghagallon outside Lurgan. (Ed O'Hara).
A flock of 30 Greylag Geese was at Begney Lough near Dromara this afternoon. (Ian Jackson). Thanks to Michael Latham for the first picture of the Waxwing, to Niall Mulvenna for the second Waxwing and Red-breasted Merganser pictures, to Mervyn Campbell for the picture of the Guillemot, to Brian Halligan for the picture of the Brambling, to Jeff Higgott for the picture of the Kumlien's Gull at Moville, to Ed O'Hara for the picture of Pink-feet with Greylags and to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Tree Sparrow:
2 Waxwings again catching insects, flying up from tree tops at the mouth of the River Tow, Ballycastle. (Patrick Barton).
A Barn Owl was over the staff car park at Sprucefield at approx 6.25am this morning flying in the direction of the dual carriageway. (Garry Wilkinson).
Inch Levels in Donegal had 2 Barnacle Geese and 10 Pink-feet and 450 Whoopers among 1,000+ Greylags and 180 Canada Geese. Big Isle had 32 Greenland White-fronts and a Peregrine. (Richard Grey).
The adult Kumlien's Gull was still at Moville in Donegal. (Jeff Higgott).
At Ballyquintin Point there were 3 Gannet and 1200 Kittiwake and a high count of 400 Black-tailed Godwit were at Quintin Bay. (Richard Weyl).
An Iceland Gull was in a field at Ballyrashane, just outside of Coleraine.
18 Sanderling, 61 Purple Sandpiper, 14 Redshank & 18 Ringed Plover, were at Landsdowne Crescent, Portrush. (Gareth Platt).
An escaped Mandarin Duck was at the WOW reserve this morning.(Robert Evans)see photo below. Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Sparrowhawk, to David Clarke for the picture of the Grey Wagtail and to Gareth Platt for the picture of the Iceland Gull:
2 Waxwings were fly catching on the Cushendall Road outside Ballycastle, last seen flying towards the town, see pictures below. (Ivan Quail & Nicky Lynn),
A Spoonbill was seen from Castle Espie this afternoon (Kenny Moore / Cameron Moore).
A Ruff was at Belfast WOW reserve this morning. (Garry Armstrong).
25 Tree Sparrows were now in a garden at Kilraughts Road, Ballymoney. (Derek McIntyre)
A male Ring-necked Duck was on Lough Beg this afternoon, off Mullagh. Also, a 1st-winter Little Gull was over the ponds at the south end and the Little Stint, 28 Ruff and the Great White Egret were also seen. (David Steele).
40+ Purple Sandpiper were at the back of Newcastle Pier, a Red-throated Diver and a small raft of Common Scoter were off the pier. (Michael Latham).
35 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Long-tailed Duck were off Myroe and 57 Pink-footed Geese were in nearby fields. An adult Kumlien's Gull was at Moville in Donegal. (Neal Warnock).
A pair of Brambling were in a north Antrim garden. (Dick Glasgow).
A Black Redstart was on the beach at Newcastle. (Birdguides).
Bird sightings on Newry Canal this morning included: - 3 Raven, 1 Snipe, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Redwing, 16 Cormorants and 30 Whooper Swan. (Fulton Somerville).
Thanks to Ivan Quail for the pictures of the Waxwings, to Kenny Moore for the picture of the Spoonbill, to Michael Latham for the picture of the Purple Sandpiper, to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Brambling and to Neal Warnock for the pictures of the Greenshank and the Pink-footed Geese:
A Brambling was along the Lagan towpath in Lisburn this morning, just east of the Island Arts Centre. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).
A first winter Laughing Gull was at the pier at Moville, Co Donegal this morning (Theo Campbell).
Blackcaps continue to move into gardens including a male in a garden in Hillsborough this morning. (Jeff Higgott).
The east shore of Strangford Lough had 15 Slavonian grebe (12 in Greyabbey Bay and 3 off Newtownards Sailing Club), 18 Great-northern Diver (11 south of Gransha Point and 7 off Kircubbin) and a Black-throated Diver south Gransha Point. (Richard Weyl).
Larne Lough still had a single Velvet Scoter and the female Goosander. A single Slavonian Grebe was off Hazelbank in Belfast Lough. (Ed O'Hara).
The Brambling was seen again at Oxford Island, see picture below. (Michael Latham).
Thanks to Neal Warnock for the picture of the female Scaup, to Michael Latham for the picture of the Brambling to Linda Thompson for the picture of the female Goosander and to Mark Killops for another picture of the Oxford Island Brambling:
A Brambling was around the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island at lunchtime today, see picture below.(Dougie Gamble).
Unusually a Tree Sparrow was visiting a garden in Finaghy, Belfast. (Clive Mellon).
Thanks to Dougie Gamble for the picture of the Brambling, to Alastair McLean for the picture of the Jay, to Clive Mellon for the picture of the Tree Sparrow and to Michael Henderson for the picture of the male Sparrowhawk:
A Black - throated Diver and 6 Slavonian Grebes where at Greyabbey Bay and another Black-throated Diver and Slav. Grebe where north of Horse Isalnd.(Richard Weyl)
72 Greylag Geese were with a Barnacle Goose at Islandmagee,6 Greenshank where at Lough Mourne.(Gerald McGeehan)
2 Long-tailed Duck off Giants Park, Dargan Bay.(Daniel Newton)
A Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Woodcock were at Oxford Island.(Ed O'Hara)
3 Purple Sandpiper where off the promenade at Portstewart. (John Spottiswood)
6 Twite where at the boatyard in Whitehead.(Paul McCullough)
12 + Brambling where seen in the Antrim Hills amongst a flock of Chaffinches. (Michael Latham)see pic below.
Murlough had 3 Knot, (one of the Knot is tagged, anyone who has info. please let us know), 500 Common Scoter, 15 Red-breasted Merganser and 6 Great Northern Diver.(Mike McLaughlin)
A Hoopoe was in Donaghamore, Co Tyrone. The bird was last seen in the vicinity of St Patrick’s Graveyard (Stephen McNally)
An adult Iceland Gull came in to roost at Belfast WoW this evening. (Ric Else and Hazel Watson)
The Barnacle Goose at Islandmagee was ringed on Islay 2013. 5 Tree Sparrows were visiting a garden in Whitehead (Cameron Moore)
Whitehill Road, Aghagallon. Co Armagh had 350+ Whooper Swans with c70 Greylag Geese. Dundalk Harbour had a Spotted Redshank. (Michael Richardson & Fulton Somerville)
3 Goosander (1m, 2f) were at Meenatully Lough on the Pettigoe Plateau, Co Fermanagh on Tuesday 11th. Yesterday two Goosanader (1m 1f) were on a lough north of Lough Shivnagh on the Pettigo plateau, south Donegal yesterday (Fionnbarr Cross) Hoopoe, Stephen McNally:
A solitary Pink-footed Goose was seen at Drains Bay just in front of Carnfunnock Country Park on the foreshore. (Ken McAuley) The female Goosander was still present at Ballycarry.(Michael Latham). A Chiffchaff was seen along the Newry Canal, just north of Carnbane.(Frank Carroll) 2 Pink-footed Geese were on the west side of upper Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh with Greylags and Whooper swans from Derrylin road this afternoon (Brad Robson)
A female Goosander at Ballycarry bridge, Larne Lough. (Cameron Moore).
A Red-throated Diver flew into Belfast Lough this morning and was
showing well offshore between Carnalea Golf Course and Crawfordsburn
Country Park.(Ian McKee).
Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Turnstones: