Bird News Thursday 29th March

A probable Lesser Scaup was at Closet Bay, Lough Neagh (James O’Neill)

A pair of Great Northern Divers were in Runkerry Bay this morning, just below Runkerry House (Robert Plant)

An adult Iceland Gull was at Portavogie today (Joe Lamont / Richard Haydon)

An adult and 2 juv Iceland Gulls were at Enniskillen dump along with a very large arrival of Lesser-black Backed Gulls (Brad Robson)

Two Bonxies were off the Rathlin West Light this afternoon - first of the year. Also 14 Greenland White-fronts heading SW overhead early this morning. They seem to do this every morning at the moment, and are ssumed to be the same flock reported coming in off the sea at Ballintoy earlier this week. A Brambling was also present (Ric Else / Hazel Watson).

A Brambling was at Oxford Island, see picture below.

A Mediterranean Gull, a Knot and a Carrion Crow were at RSPB WOW reserve. (Derek Polley).

Thanks to Derek Polley for the picture of the Knot and to Robert Plant for the picture o the Great Northern Diver:
Knot - Derek Polley
Great Northern Diver - Robert Plant

Brambling - Oxford Island

A distant picture by James O'Neill of probable Lesser Scaup:

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