N. IRE­LAND

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HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Bewick’s Swans were at Ox­ford Is­land (6th). A Lesser Scaup was on Belfast Lough (18th-24th). The Ring-necked Duck re­mained at Tem­ple­wa­ter NT. The Green-winged Teal was seen through­out at the Ecos cen­tre, Bal­ly­mena. Smew were at Port­more Lough and on Lower Lough Erne. A few Goosanders were re­ported, in­clud­ing eight on the River Maine, Ran­dal­stown and five on Lower Lough Erne (27th). The long-stay­ing Spoon­bill re­mained at Cas­tle Espie. A Great White Egret was in the Lower Lough Erne area through­out, with two at Cas­tle Arch­dale, Co. Fer­managh (26th). Three Jack Snipe were on Lower Lough Erne (5th). Three Ruff were at Dun­drum in­ner bay, Co. Down (8th). Green Sand­pipers were at Lady Bay, Co. Ar­magh (7th) and near Cul­ly­hanna Co. Ar­magh (10th). A few Glau­cous Gulls were re­ported, in­clud­ing two at Cor­bally Reser­voir, Portrush (25th) and one in a school play­ground (17th). There were only a few Ice­land Gull records. Ring-billed Gulls re­mained at Car­rick­fer­gus and En­niskillen, with a new bird at White­house Lagoon (7th). A Lit­tle Gull was at Larne Lough (1st). A White-tailed Ea­gle flew over Lower Lough Erne (13th). A Gyrfalcon of un­known ori­gin was at Gaw­leys Gate, Co. Ar­magh (20th). Flocks of Waxwings were re­ported from ev­ery county, in­clud­ing 60 at Lis­burn (28th) and 60 at Cushen­dall (18th). Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers were at Tol­ly­more For­est Park (21st) and Ox­ford Is­land (29th). Black Red­starts were at White­head through­out and at An­na­long har­bour (14th). Thirty Twite re­mained at White­head, with 50 at Copeland Is­land Bird Ob­ser­va­tory (21st). Any records/sight­ings can be sent to nibirds@live. co.uk or via Twit­ter@nibirds

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