Rathlin 2017 Bird Report

Ric Else and Hazel Watson have created a 2017 Rathlin Bird Report which is viewable here: https://rathlinstickybeak.wordpress.com/

Bird News Saturday 20th January

The Glossy Ibis is still at Portmore. (Garry Armstrong)

Four Slavonian Grebe were off Hazelbank Park, Belfast Lough (Michael Latham)

There were 57 Snipe and a Woodcock flushed from a flooded field near Pennybridge, Ballymena today. (David Morrow)

At Portmore Lough this afternoon there was a red head Smew, Little Egret and adult Lesser black-Backed Gull (Clive Mellon).

The Ring-necked Duck was still at Templewater at Castle Ward. (David Stirling).

On Rathlin  a Little Auk and 2 Glaucous Gulls at the Rue this morning. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Two male Goosander and two Glaucous Gulls were at the Barmouth. (Irish Birding)

32 Twite and 4 Purple Sandpipers were at Sandy Bay, Larne (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop)

A juv Iceland Gull was at Enniskillen dump today (Brad Robson)

Thanks to Ric Else for the picture of the Little Auk, to David Stirling for the pictures of the Ring-necked Duck and the Great Northern Diver and to Michael Latham for the picture of the Slavonian Grebe:


Bird News Friday 19th January

A Glossy Ibis is at Portmore Lough (RSPB)

There were 4 Goosander on Lough Island reavy this morning. Two males and two redheads. (Clive Mellon)

A 2nd Winter Iceland Gull is at RSPB Belfast (Daniel Newton) Three Twite were also seen.(Stuart McKee)

The Goosander was still at the Waterworks, Antrim Rd Belfast.(Stuart McKee).

The Ruff was still at Dundrum Inner Bay.(David Nixon)

A Waxwing was in Bangor (Irish Birding)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Drumatee Road, Markethill today. It spent some time in a tree by the bird feeding area. (Hazel Wilson)

Yesterday a high count of 8 Greenshank were at Whitehouse Lagoon, Newtownabbey. (Stuart McKee)

Local birders may be interested in this new Friends of Oxford Island Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yourNNR/

The photograph below of this interesting Gull which can be seen at the Waterworks, Belfast... the bare parts and shape of head suggest Common Gull but the upperparts and  the tertial pattern does point towards Ring-billed Gull, could this bird be a hybrid, it has happened in Northern Ireland before. The Black-headed Gull in foreground gives good comparison of the grey upperparts colour...any suggestions on this bird would be most welcome.

Our thanks to Liam Philliban for the pic of the Glossy Ibis, also to Anthony Day for the  very unusual pic of this leucistic ,the photo was taken of Donaghadee, facing the Copelands. Bottom pic from David Nixon of the Ruff at Dundrum Inner Bay.

Bird News Thursday 18th January

A first winter Iceland Gull was seen at Whitehouse, Belfast Lough (John McConnell)

Little Egret was seen over the River Bann at McComb's bridge, Ballycoshone, Rathfriland (Shelagh Henry)

137 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank were at Dargan, Belfast Lough today (Adam McClure)

Denis Chambers, Grey Heron:

Wilf Swain, Curlew:

Bird News Wednesday 17th January

A female / first winter Goosander was on the upper pond of the west end at Belfast Waterworks (Stuart McKee)

A 3rd winter and juvenile Iceland Gull plus a local rarity of an adult Kittiwake were inland on Enniskillen dump at lunchtime today. (Brad Robson)

A Little Auk was on Rathlin at Church Bay (Ric Else / Hazel Watson).

A Great Northern Diver was off the harbour in Newcastle. (Leonard Charles).

Outside Lisburn a flock of approximately thirty very flighty Waxwings were half way along the Windmill Road landing briefly in trees near the junction of Cabra Road at 16.10pm this afternoon.They flew a short distance towards the New Road again landing briefly before flying again in the general direction of Annahilt. (Garry Wilkinson).

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was still at Carrickfergus. (Adam McClure/Tom Ennis& Tony Dodds)

An argentatus Herring Gull was  on the upper pond at Belfast Waterworks this morning. 3 Purple Sandpipers were at Sandy Bay in Larne. (Tom Ennis & Tony Dodds).

The 2 Black-throated Divers were still off Groomsport (George Gordon).

Thanks to Stuart McKee for the picture of the Goosander:


Bird News Tuesday 16th January

At Belfast Waterworks there was a third year Iceland Gull on the bottom pool and the upper pool had an adult argentatus Herring Gull and a 1st winter Lesser Black Backed Gull (Stuart McKee)

A Ruff was in Dundrum Inner Bay (David Nixon)

A pair of Crossbill were at Ballypatrick Forest, north Antrim (Dick Glasgow)

Crossbill, Dick Glasgow:

Bird News Monday 15th January.

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Carrickfergus.(Gerald McGeehan)

The Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret both still at the south end of Lough Beg today. Mullagh had the three over-wintering Little Stints, ten Ruff and a Greenland White-fronted Goose. (David Steele)

A Glossy Ibis was seen briefly nr Aghagallon, Lough Neagh around mid-day, a ring tail Hen Harrier was showing well at RSPB Portmore Lough reserve.(David Nixon/Phillip McHaffie)

The flock of Bramblings just outside Fintona on the Donacavey Rd has risen to around 20 birds, they seem to feeding on the beech mast.( Annette Elkin)

25 Twite and 7 Purple Sandpiper where at  Sandy Bay, Larne.(Kevin Kirkham)

18 Sandwich Terns where at Portaferry this morning.(Kerry Leonard)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in Crawfordsburn.(Leslie McKee/ Ronnie Snoddy)

A second winter Ring-billed Gull was at the lower pond at Belfast Waterworks (Suzanne Belshaw)

Water Rail - Garry Wilkinson
Brambling - Annette Elkin.

Iceland Gull - Stephen Maxwell.

Ring-billed Gull - Suzanne Belshaw 

Bird News Sunday 14th January

The drake Ring-necked Duck was with circa 50 Tufted Duck at the Templewater, Castle Ward, Co Down (Stuart McKee)

The Pink-footed Goose was feeding with a flock of 78 Greylag at Ballycarry, Larne Lough (Adam McClure)

There are around 10 twite at the scout hall in Whitehead. (David Stirling)

A ring tail Hen Harrier was at Killard, Co Down (Garry Armstrong)

A juv Hen Harrier was at Portmore Lough (Daniel Newton)

Two red-headed Goosander were still at Corbet Lake, Banbridge this morning (Frank Carroll)

On Rathlin Island, the adult Glaucous Gull was at Ushet Lough. Also present on the Island were two ring tail Hen Harriers and two Peregrine (Ric Else and Hazel Watson)

A second year Little Gull was at Glenarm (Pauline Majury)

Many thanks to all who sent through pics today. More pics are at: www.nibirdpics.blogspot.co.uk

Ring-necked Duck, Stuart McKee:

Iceland Gull, Neal Warnock:

Little Gull, Pauline and Kenny Majury:

Bird News Saturday 13th January

The Ring-billed Gull and a 1st winter Iceland Gull are at Carrickfergus (Garry Armstrong).

18 Twite were at Sandy Bay, Larne (Brian Murphy)

Iceland Gull Carrick:

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for this pic of Oystercatchers:

Bird News Friday 12th January

A 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Seacliffe Rd car park, Bangor. (Stephen Macauley).

Two female Goosanders are still at Corbet Lake, a single Whooper Swan was also present. 200 Golden Plover are still at Loughbrickland Lake with a flock of Lapwing. (Mike McLaughlin).

Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Red-breasted Merganser:


Bird News Thursday 11th January.

The Ring-necked Duck was still at Templewater, Castleward and a Goosander was at the Quoile pondage. (Garry Wilkinson)

An Iceland Gull was at the roadside between Portrush and Portstewart. (Patrick Barton)

A flock of 10 Brambling where in a fixed finch flock just outside Fintona Co. Tyrone.(Annette Elkin)

Two Peregrine were at the WOW reserve this morning.(Derek Polley)

A late report of a juv. Gannet was seen well inland nr. the Colebrook river Co.Ferm. on the 6th Jan (Brad Robson)

A Red Kite was seen at Dromara Road, Dundrum (Wilf Swain)

Iceland Gull - Patrick Barton.

Male and female Brambling - Annette Elkin.

Blue Tit - Angus Kennedy

Bird News Wednesday 10th January

A male Brambling was visiting a garden on the Hillmount Rd, Cullybackey (Jeff Larkin)

A Black-throated Diver was off Groomsport (Derek Polley)

2 Snow Bunting and about 15 Twite on shore below Kilroot power station this morning. (Stephen Drake).

Thanks to Angus Kennedy for the picture of the Redwing and to Kevin Kirkham-Brown for the picture of the Siskin:


Bird News Tuesday 9th January

3 Goosanders and a Greenshank were at Corbet Lough this morning. (David McCreedy)

A high count of circa 250 Pied Wagtails were seen going to roost at Riverside Retail Park, Coleraine (Richard Donaghey)

Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for this pic from yesterday of the Castle Ward Ring-necked Duck: