Also yesterday 3 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Red-throated Diver and 11 Snipe were at Greenisland Sea Park (Gerard McGeehan). 130 Eider, 35 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Crested Grebe were between there and Seahill (Derek Polley).
Killough Harbour had a Long-tailed Duck, 2 Great Northern Divers, Tyrella/Dundrum Bay had 2,100 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (unusually low numbers of fish-eating seafowl - may be weather-related, with these birds moving into sheltered sea loughs following spell of rough seas), 1Merlin, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Stonechats, 60 Twite, c.100 Linnet, 90 Sanderling, 100 Curlew, 80 Redshanks, 10 Golden Plover, 12 Ringed Plover, 250 Dunlin (Chris and Tim Murphy).
A Pink-footed Goose was with 30 Greylag at Hillsborough Park Lake (Dot Blakely).
Thanks to Chris Murphy for the picture of the Merlin from Tyrella.
RSPB Portmore Lough had 218 Whooper Swans this morning on the flooded fields either side of the lough itself. (Simon Gray)
The Snow Bunting was still at Briggs Rocks today feeding along the shoreline (Colin Guy)
At the north end of Strangford Lough 9 Little Egret and a female Sparrowhawk were at Patton's Marsh and 12 Pintail nearby at the Floodgates (Ian McKee)
350 Golden Plover and a Merlin were at Islandhill, Strangford Lough (Margaret Adamson). Readers of this blog may be interested in this link from Margaret:
Late news from yesterday was a Short-eared Owl, the Snow Bunting and a Sandwich Tern flew past Brigg's Rocks (Colin Guy)
Many thanks to Alistiar Prentice for this pic of a female Kestrel:
A Sparrowhawk was being mobbed by Rooks at Galgorm Castle, Ballymena at lunchtime. (John Loughlin & Irene Miller).
Today Outer and Inner Dundrum Bay produced the following birds: - 50+ mix of Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, 30+ Common Scoter, 6 Purple Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Jacksnipe, 5 Little Egret, 9 Whopper, Kestrel and Bullfinch. ( RSPB Bangor Local Group).
3 Great Northern Diver (2 in flight and one on the water), 2 Red-throated Diver, a Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 55 House Sparrow, 10 Tree Sparrow, 200 Skylark and 1,000 Starling were at St John's Point. 40 Twite and 10 Stonechat were between St John's and Tyrella and 2,000 Golden Plover at Tyrella beach (Tim Murphy).
8 Redwing were at Sion Mills (Brian Hegarty).
2 Red Kite, 4 Great Northern Divers and 61 Twite were at Tyrella this afternoon and a male Merlin was at St.John's Point. (Ronnie Milligan).
A female Brambling was near Ballintoy. (Alex McCooke).
Thanks to Angus Kennedy for the pictures of the Bar-tailed Godwit and the Linnet, to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Mediterranean Gull and the Red-throated Diver, to Margaret Adamson for the pictures of the Purple Sandpipers and the, unfortunately injured, Common Scoter and to Alex McCooke for the picture of the female Brambling.
A Little Egret has been seen on the reservoir at Carryduff for the last few days.(Kevin O'G)
Our thanks to Cameron Moore for the Whooper Swans, also to Richard Hunter for the Rock Pipit.
19 Whooper Swan were along Ballyhenry Road outside Comber (Wilby Hawthorne).
Killough Harbour had an adult Mediterranean Gull, male Pintail and 8 Skylark in flight (Tim Murphy).
A large flock of at least 150 Twite were at the Landsdowne side of Ramore Head, Portrush today. (Colin Guy/Iris Miller).
A morning walk from Scarva to Poyntzpass produced 40 species which included: - 11 Bullfinch, 20 Fieldfare, c80 Redwing, Goldcrest, Jay, 12 Linnet, 16 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Raven, 4 Siskin, 6 Skylark and 2 Water Rails. (Fulton Somerville).
19 Red-breasted Merganser were at Kinnegar shore in Belfast and a Raven over Queen's Parade in Bangor (Derek Polley).
As well as the Spotted Redshank an adult Mediterranean Gull was at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast yesterday (Stuart McKee).
In calm conditions 34 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern and a Sandwich Tern were between Groomsport and Briggs Rocks (Stuart McKee, George Gordon).
Over 30 Whooper Swans were on flooded land between the River Lagan and Blaris Road at Lisburn, several more Whoopers were on fields near by feeding on root crops today. (David Smylie)
Ballyboley Forest, Larne, this morning had a Kestrel, 2 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 3 Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldcrests, Longtail Tits, Wrens, and Bluetits. (John Loughlin and Irene Miller).
On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough 2 female Long-tailed Duck, a Pochard, 30 Scaup and 6 Red-throated Diver were off Loughshore Park (Stuart McKee).
This evening at 5pm a Woodcock flew over Tempo Road, Enniskillen, just on outskirts of town. (Colin Bell).
A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was at Marconi’s outlet, Ballycastle. (Colin Guy)