Bird News Saturday 2nd March

The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Barr Hall on the outer Ards (Keith Bennett)

On the east side of Strangford Lough between Greyabbey and Marlfield were 36 Slavonian grebe, 10 black-throated diver and 15 great-northern diver. These included 33 Slavonian grebe and 2 black-throated diver (one in full summer plumage) at Greyabbey Bay, 3 Slavonian grebe and 3 great-northern diver south of Kircubbin, 8 black-throated diver (in one group) and 3 great-northern diver (and 3 otter) south of Gransha Point and 9 great-northern diver at Marlfield. (Richard Weyl)

Outer Dundrum Bay had 1700 Common Scoter - scattered across the bay (Ian Enlander)

2 ad Med Gulls in Larne Lough, 2nd w Med Gull at the leisure centre Carrickfergus and the adult Ring-billed Gull at Carrickfergus Castle (Neal Warnock)

5 Brambling were in a garden in Carrickfergus (Gerard McGeehan)

The second-winter Mediterranean Gull was still at Whiteabbey. 2 Pink-footed Geese, a Greater Canada Goose and 300 Greylag were at Reedy Flat. A flock of 200 Fieldfare and 50 Redwing was nearby (Stuart McKee)

A Great-spotted Woodpecker was at Tollymore Country Park.

The Bittern was seen again at Inch, Co Donegal along with two drake Smew (Derek Brennan)

Thanks to Alistair Prentice for these superb pics of a Cormorant feeding on a fish, presumed to be a Bream. You can see more bird pics at

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