A Chiffchaff was along the Newry Canal south of Scarva this morning, the Kingfisher was still present. (Frank Carroll).
Thanks to Tony Donaldson for the pictures of the Goldcrest and the Buzzard.
A Waxwing was at Kearney, Co Down (Dave Allen)
A walk along the Scarva towpath to-day produced a Kingfisher a Water Rail and lots of Redwing.(Karen Elliott)
Slightly further afield... A male Smew and a Ruff where at Inch Lake Co. Donegal and 12 Long-tailed Duck all of which seem to be female type seen at Mill Bay off Inch Island. (David/Phillip McHaffie)
88 Whooper Swans and two Mute Swans were at the Billy Neil Playing Fields outside comber (Stephen Maxwell and Harry Byron)
A flock of 14 Snow Buntings seen this afternoon at Skerry Hill near the Altnahinch Road, Antrim Plateau. (David Steele)
A second winter Mediterranean Gull was at Glenarm (Gareth Platt)
The two Velvet Scoter were still off Glyn Station, Larne Lough (Neal Warnock)
An albino Jackdaw was in Magherafelt this afternoon. (Gary Cunningham).
A female Merlin was just north of Ardglass.(James O'Neill)
A Red Kite flew over the A1 at Banbridge.(Karen Elliott)
Slightly further afield..Innishowen Co.Donegal had 345 Barnacle Geese, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Little Egrets,4 Great Northern Divers beyond village. There was 450 Barnacles at Malin Head, 12 Red-throated Divers and 14 Twite at Ballyliffin.(Richard Gray)
Tyrella beach this afternoon had: Dunlin 24, Sanderling 31, Golden plover +80, Ringed Plover 13, Curlew 3, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Oystercatcher 15, Little Egret 1, Merganser 4, Red-throated Diver 1, Shag 1, Cormorant 1, Black-headed Gull +70, Common Gull 10, Twite 2, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 1, Stonechat 1, Pied wagtail 2. (Toni Costello).
45+ Whooper Swans were in a field alongside the Comber - Ards dual carriageway. (Derek Polley).
The two juvenile/female Velvet Scoters were still off Macedon Point in Belfast Lough. (Stuart McKee).
The Ring-necked Duck was still at the Quoile. (Joe Devlin).
A Little Egret was on the small steam that runs under Castle Street in Comber this morning. (Chris Shaw).
Thanks to Rod Gillan for the pictures of the Golden Plover and the Stonechat.
A Brambling was at Islandmagee and a White-fronted Goose was at Steele's Point in Larne Lough, see pictures below. (Cameron Moore).
Thanks to Cameron for the pictures of the Brambling and the White-fronted Goose.
Thanks to our photographers today:
Cameron Moore, Greenland White-fronted Goose:
John Moore, Merlin:
Stephen Maxwell, Mediterranean Gull:
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The Cattle Egret was in Malin Town, Donegal yesterday (Birdguides)
This morning, RSPB WOW had a Raven, a Peregrine and a high count of 40+ Bar-tailed Godwit (Derek Polley)
A Merlin was seen in Markethill, Co Armagh, this morning (John Anderson)
A Merlin and a Starling flock of circa 5000 were at Strand Lough, Killough, Co Down (Chris Murphy)
Thanks to Cameron Moore for this pic of the Larne Little Gull and Thomas Campbell for the Marsh Harrier (recently at the Quoile):
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Two Water Rails were fighting below the hide at the Quoile. (Gary Wilkinson).
A Red-throated Diver was in Ballyholme Bay. (Derek Polley).
A winter plumaged Mediterranean Gull was in front of the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, see picture below. (Dougie Gamble).
Thanks to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Ring-necked Duck and the Brambling and to Dougie Gamble for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull.
A Snow Bunting was at Ramore Head today and 86 Purple Sandpipers were at Portandoo, Portrush on Wednesday. (Matthew Tickner).
A probable Grey-bellied Brent was off Castle Espie on Wednesday. (Birdguides).
Thanks to Cameron Moore for this picture of a Buzzard and to David McIlveen for the picture of the Brent Geese.
A Spoonbill was on the mudflats c.400m southeast of Islandhill in Strangford Lough. (Birdguides).
Thanks to Noeni Bryars for the picture of the Turnstone.
A Little Gull was seen of Ramore Head, also 55 Purple Sandpiper and 18 Sanderling.(Dean Jones)
Also a Grey Phalarope was also at Ramore Head.(Colin Guy)
A Kingfisher was seen in Victoria Park, Sydenham.(G.Irwin)
Appox. 1,500 Whooper Swan and 1,300 Greylag Geese where at Inch levels Co. Donegal.(Christine Cassidy/Lindsay Hodges)
Late news from week-end the Marsh Harrier was seen again at Lough Beg on Saturday and 10 Pink-footed Geese where seen at Blacker's rock on Sunday.(Godfrey McRoberts)
|Whooper Swans - Christine Cassidy.|
This is the 1st record for Northern Ireland and only the 7th for the whole of Ireland, there was one on Toe Head Co Cork a few weeks ago
The Marsh Harrier was seen again at the RSPB Portmore Lough reserve.(Linda Thompson)
An Iceland Gull was at Larne Lough (Neal Warnock)
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Two male Ruffs were at South Inner Bay, Dundrum, this afternoon. One has been present for weeks, the second is a new bird. (David Nixon).
Thanks to Chris Rankin for the picture of the Merlin and to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Sparrowhawk.
The Marsh Harrier was still showing from the hide at the Quoile, see picture below. (Cecil Smyth).
The Marsh Harrier was still present at Portmore this afternoon. (Brad Robson).
Thanks to Cameron Moore for the picture of the Purple Sandpiper taken at Whitehead Yacht Club and to Cecil Smyth for the picture of the Marsh Harrier .