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26 Nov 2018

Recent Sightings €- 26th November 2018

Posted in All

Count was taken today at low tide.

The big news this morning is that Shelduck numbers are still on the increase! Strangford Lough is nationally important for many different species of wintering wetland birds, including Shelduck. However the estuary mudflats in front of the Brent hide have enough Shelduck by itself, to give the whole of the Lough that designation! Get out over the coming weeks to see extraordinary numbers of these beautiful birds flocking together.

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Brent Goose 338, Curlew 6,  Shelduck 695,  Wigeon 5, Redshank 1, Grey Heron 2, Little Egret 1, Oystercatcher 12, Herring Gull 1, Black-head Gull 3

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 169, Tufted Duck 25, Coot 1, Moorhen 3, Gadwall 5, Black-headed Gull 6, Greylag 2, Little Grebe 2

Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre

Mallard 28, Teal 3, Moorhen 5, Coot 1

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Oystercatcher 3, Moorhen 10, Grey Heron 1, Redshank 1, Coot 4, Black-headed Gull 2

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 31, Tufted Duck 3, Coot 1

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 3

Limestone Lake

Tufted Duck 9

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Shelduck 1 (Snipe frequent during the week)


Goldfinch, Blackbird, Song Thrush


Blackbird, Wren, Dunnock, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Mistle thrush