Bird News Monday 22nd October

A Short-eared Owl was at Ballyquinitn Point this morning. (Dan Bailie).

Yesterday a Great White Egret was with 11 Little Egrets at Paddy's Dubh, Lough Beg. 3 Pintail were on the lough and large flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing were present. Several small flocks of Redwing were seen in flight and a Peregrine was also present. (Godfrey McRoberts).

50 Black Guillemot in winter plumage were at Bangor Harbour and the Long Hole and 4 Purple Sandpiper on the the rocks along Seacliffe Road. (Margaret Adamson).

On Rathlin a 2nd calendar year Iceland Gull was at Kebble and a single Twite in Church Bay. Several flocks of Whooper Swans flew over the is land heading south. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Up to 18 Little Egrets were at Patton's Marsh on the north shore of Strangford Lough this afternoon. (Philip McErlean).

Thanks to Margaret Adamsonfor the picture of the Black Guillemots and to Ric Else and Hazel Watson for the pictures of the Iceland Gull and the Twite:

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