Sunday 18 March 2018

Experts in a flap as bird returns after 30 years

A BIRD not seen in Ireland for almost three decades resulted in a flutter of activity by birdwatchers yesterday.

Several dozen birdwatchers travelled to the Kylemore Abbey estate in Co Galway, in an effort to catch a glimpse of the Belted Kingfisher, or Ceryle Alcyon, which was last spotted in Ireland in 1985.

The bird is native to North America and usually does not find its way to our shores.

It is believed the bird got caught in the Gulf Stream while avoiding storms on its annual migration south and was carried to Ireland by the strong wind currents.

Lotto jackpot to hit €3.5m

THE midweek Lotto jackpot is heading for €3.5m after the weekend draw failed to produce a winner. The numbers for Saturday night's Lotto draw were 1, 18, 22, 26, 35, 40 and the bonus number was 17. The Lotto jackpot was €3,018,767.

There was one winner of the Lotto Plus 1, top prize of €350,000. The winning ticket was sold in the west. The numbers were 7, 8, 9, 10, 34, 43 and the bonus was 31.

There was no winner of the top €250,000 prize in the Lotto Plus 2. The numbers were 12, 17, 20, 23, 34, 39 and the bonus was 9.

Irish Independent

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