Bird News Sunday 22nd January

The Lesser Scaup was still off Airport Road West, the Black Redstart and Twite flock were still at Whitehead (Philip West)

The red head Smew was at Portmore (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop)

A 3rd w Iceland Gull was on fish cages at Waterfoot this afternoon. (Neal Warnock)

Two Slavonian Grebe were at Mountcharles, Co Donegal (Annette Elkin)

160 Whoopers Swans were with 60 Greylag Geese and a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing in fields at Sandy Bay, Portmore (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop)

Many thanks to Annette Elkin for this pic of a Slavonian Grebe and Kevin Kirkham for the Portmore Smew:

Bird News Saturday 21st January

The Drake Lesser Scaup was still off Airport Road West, Belfast, with the Greater Scaup flock (Daniel Newton / Joe Lamont)

50 Twite were on Lighthouse Island, Copeland Bird Observatory. (CBO team)

2 Goosander were on the River Main, Randalstown (Joe Lamont)

Today in Donegal, 260 Whitefronts were at Big Isle, the drake Smew and 8 Scaup at Inch Lake, 26 Twite in fields on the approach road. Inch Levels had 51 Pink feet and 3 Barnacles. A Ruddy Shelduck was with Whoopers nearer Burnfoot (Richard Gray).

5 Red Throated Divers (showing signs of summer plumage) were off Portstewart Head today. (Sean Hickey).

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at Tollymore in Newcastle.

The Green-winged Teal was still at the Ecos Centre in Ballymena this morning, see picture below. (John Parkinson)

Thanks to Annette Elkin for the picture of the Smew at Inch Lake, to Andrew Poots for the picture of the female Yellowhammer and to John Parkinson for the picture of the Green-winged Teal.


Bird News Friday 20th January

The drake Lesser Scaup was still off Airport Road West, Belfast this morning, although more distant than the last few days. It then showed closer to shore at lunchtime (Stuart McKee / Derek Polley)

Four Crossbill and circa 20 Siskin were at the west side of Hillsborough Lake. (Billy Miskelly)

A white phase Gyr Falcon of unknown origin was seen today at Gawleys Gate, heading north (Rob Martin). An escaped Gyr was reported recently from Kells (Neal Warnock) and a bird was recently photographed on top of a roof at Saintfield. However these could be different birds.

On Strangford Lough at Greyabbey Bay were 20 Slav‎onian Grebe and a Black-throated Diver. At Horse Island were 9 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver and a Jack Snipe. (Richard Weyl)

A Slavonian Grebe was off Myroe (Mike Savage)

Approx 120  Common Scoter were off Portstewart Beach this afternoon (John Clarke)

The Green-winged Teal was still at the Ecos Park, Ballymena (Jeff Larkin)

There were 2 Great Northern Divers off Portstewart Head this afternoon. (Sean Hickey)

Bird News Thursday 19th January

5 Waxwings were at the bottom of Ballymena Road, Antrim (Davy Hunter).

The Lesser Scaup was still from the car park at the end of Airport Road West this afternoon (Wilton Farrelly)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard by the River Lagan at Edenderry footbridge. (Michael Burns)

A first winter Glaucous Gull and 2 argetatus Herring Gulls were at Corbally Reservoir, Portrush (Stuart McKee / Wilton Farrelly)

5 Snow Buntings were on Bienevenagh (Dick Glasgow)

Glaucous Gull, Wilton Farrelly:

Bird News Wednesday 18th January

Yesterday 60 Waxwings were near Cushendall (Dick Glasgow)

There are still 3 Waxwings at Grange, Bangor this morning (Derek Polley)

A drake Lesser Scaup is off the car park at Airport Road West. (Stuart McKee). The bird was still showing well up to 4.30p.m. (Ronald Surgenor)

Around 60 Waxwings are currently on the Duncan's Road Lisburn. (Karen Elliott).

Between 08.10 - 09.30 this morning a watch at Whitehead had 137 Red-throated Diver and 14 Great Northern Diver flying into Belfast Lough. (Ian Enlander)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was with a mobile tit flock at Eshywulligan, County Fermanagh this afternoon. A ringtail Hen Harrier was nearby at Teiges Hill (near Brookeborough). (Clive Mellon).

Many thanks to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Cushendall Waxwings, to Ronald Surgenor for the second and third Lesser Scaup pictures, to Stuart McKee for the fourth Lesser Scaup picture, to Jason Bain for the Treecreeper picture and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Brent Geese:

Lesser Scaup (front bird) and Greater Scaup, Wilton Farrelly:

Lesser Scaup, Ronald Surgenor:

Treecreeper, Jason Bain:

Brent Geese, Wilf Swain:

Copeland Winter Meeting - 24th January

Bird News Tuesday 17th January

A Glaucous Gull was in Bangor Central Primary School - seen during the Schools Birdwatch! You can also see a video of the bird here:  (Derek Polley)

The drake Ring-Necked Duck was still at the Templewater, NT Castle Ward (Ronald Surgenor)

10 Goosander (inc 4 males) were on the River Maine, Randalstown (Brenda Campbell)

30 Scaup were between WOW and Kinnegar opposite the carpark. (Brian Hill)

The Black Redstart and Twite flock were still at Whitehead (Noeni Bryars)

The Floodgates, Newtownards, had 3 Little Egrets, approx. 500 Golden Plover and a Greenshank (Ian McKee)

Three Waxwings and two Redwings were feeding on the berries at Donard Court \ Rugby Manor, Grange Road,  Bangor (Stephen Macauley \ Dora Ferguson)

A Great White Egret & a redhead Goosander were at White Island near Castle Archdale Lower lough Erne islands, RSPB reserve, Co Fermanagh (Brad Robson / Amy Burns)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in a garden at Benvardin Road, Ballymoney (Annabel Farrell)

Two Ravens and a Kestrel were seen at The Ponderosa, Glenshane (Christine Cassidy \ Lindsay Hodges

The Black Redstart and Twite flock were still at Whitehead (Noeni Bryars)

Glynn had 2 Whooper Swans and 3 Greenshank. Lough Mourne had a Whooper Swan, Pochard and 2 Raven (Gerard McGeehan)

Thanks to Derek Polley for the Glaucous Gull and Dora Ferguson for the Waxwing pic:

Bird News Monday 16th January

2 Waxwings in Rowan trees next to Spar at Cornagrade Road, Enniskillen. Also redhead Goosander, 2 Jack Snipe and 1 Little Egret on Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB Reserve (Brad Robson).

An adult Mediterranean Gull and 3 Greenshank were at Whitehouse Lagoon (Ruben Douglas).

A Chiffchaff was in the willows on the East side of Belfast Waterworks (Larry Toal).

This afternoon a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Derrnavogie Road near Fivemiletown in Co Fermanagh. (Colin Bell).

A Waxwing was at the leisure centre in Stramore Road, Gilford at 3-15pm. (Cliford McCready).

A single Pink-footed Goose was with 200 Greylags at Crannagh Bridge, Aghagallon, today. (David Nixon/Philip McHaffie).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming in Hillsborough Forest today. (Mandy Cromie/Paul McCullough) 

Bird News Sunday 15th January

The Waxwing flock were still at the bottom of Lower Cairncastle Road, Larne this morning (Daniel Newton \ Bill Guiller). You can see video of the birds by Daniel at:

A Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls were at Corbally Reservoir, Portrush (Daniel Newton)

The Waxwing flock of circa 40 birds were still at Loughgall Road, Portadown (James O'Neill)

A Slavonian Grebe was at Glynn and a 1w Glaucous Gull was seen flying over towards Ballylumford (Gerard McGeehan \ Shirley Dunlop)

The redhead Smew was still at Drumgay Lough, Enniskillen. No sign of the Great White Egret (Adam McClure)

We have had some excellent pictures in today and you can see them at:

Waxwing, Bill Guiller:

 Waxwing, James O'Neill:

Waxwing, Linda Thompson:

Bird News Saturday 14th January

The drake Ring-Necked Duck was showing well at the lake at Castle Ward NT, Co Down (Daniel Newton)

35+ Waxwing are at the bottom of Lower Cairncastle Road, Larne (Neal Warnock).

Dargan Bay and Greencastle areas had 21 Common Scoter, 27 Scaup and 700 Shelduck. Whitehouse Lagoon had 1 Pintail. (Ian Enlander).

The red head Smew and a Little Egret were at Portmore Lough this afternoon. (Clive Mellon).

A Kingfisher was at the outfall of Patton's Marsh, tidebank, Newtownards this morning. (Hilary McKee), 

A Black Redstart was at Annalong Harbour. (David Knight).

The Great White Egret was still at Drumgay Lough in Co. Fermanagh. (Ronan Owens)

A juvenile and a 2nd winter Iceland Gull, 4 Lesser Black Backs and a "Viking" type hybrid were at Enniskillen Dump. (Brad Robson).

The Black Redstart is still at Whitehead with over 50 Twite (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop & Cecil Smyth)

The 40+ Waxwing flock is still at Loughgall Road in Portadown and includes one bird that was ringed at Ballater in Royal Deeside, Aberdeen on 10th December last year. If you find a colour-ringed Waxwing you can report it to the Grampian Ringing Group at and help to track the Waxwing spread across the country. (James O'Neill).

Thanks to Cecil Smyth for the picture of the Black Redstart, to Lillian Cummings for the picture of the Purple Sandpiper, to Rod Gillan for the picture of the Redwing and to James O'Neill for the picture of the Waxwing.



Bird News Friday 13th January

The Black Redstart was showing well this afternoon at Whitehead. (Linda Thompson).

A flock of 25 Waxwings are on the Loughgall Road opposite St Colombus church in Portadown. The flock  has been feeding in the area for approx. 3 days. (Mark Killops).

A White-tailed Eagle was at  Trory Bay Lower Lough Erne. The Great White Egret was again at Drumgay Lough Enniskillen (Brad Robson)

A Little Egret was in Comber this morning in the river at Mill Street (H Hill).

A flock of approx. 200 Linnets were visiting gardens in Windmill Road, Hillsborough. (Garry Wilkinson).

Thanks to Linda for the picture of the Black Redstart and to Rod Gillan for the picture of the Bullfinch.

Bird News Thursday 12th January

The Spoonbill was again on show at Castle Espie this morning (WWT Castle Espie)

Yesterday the King Eider was on show again at Mermaids Cove, Mullaghmore (Birdguides)

A flock of 12 Waxwings are in Latharna House/St. Sedma's area in Larne. Birds extremely mobile. (Neal Warnock)

The Black Redstart is still at Whitehead (Ronald Surgenor)

Drumgay Lough Enniskillen had a Great White Egret and a redhead Smew. Enniskillen dump had a 2nd winter and a juv Iceland Gull and a hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull. The 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull was also at Enniskillen Dump, Enniskillen (Brad Robson)

The Ring Billed Gull was in Carrickfergus. The Black Redstart, 3 Purple Sandpipers and the flock of Twite wee still at Whitehead. The Green-winged Teal was at the Ecos centre. A Black Redstart was also at East Strand Portrush. A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Corbally Reservoir and an adult Little Gull at the Bann estuary (Garry Wilkinson/ Nigel Moore)

At RSPB WOW today were over 40 species including: 3 Twite, Peregrine, Buzzard, 200+ Bar-tailed Godwits and Redpoll (Derek Polley)

A Little Egret was in Lurgan Park, Co Armagh (Pam Faulkner)

Many thanks to Rod Gillan for this pic of a Greenfinch and Lilian Cummings for the Black Redstart:

Bird News Wednesday 11th January

The 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull was still at The Round O, Enniskillen. A first Winter Iceland Gull and a third winter Glaucous Gull were at Enniskillen Dump (Wilton Farrelly)

The Black Redstart and Twite flock were still at Whitehead, Co Antrim (Richard Hunter/Jason Bain)

A possible male Lesser Scaup was seen at Oxford Island. The wing pattern was not observed. (Joe Devlin)

The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on the lake at Nationals Trust Castle Ward (Garry Wilkinson)

Ring-billed Gull, Wilton Farrelly and thanks to Jason Bain for the pictures of the Black Redstart, Twite and Purple Sandpiper