Bird News Monday 30th November.

5 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe were in a flooded field at Carnbane just north of Newry, along the Newry Canal this morning. (Frank Carroll)

An Egret species was on the island at Hillsborough lake,(observer had no optics)Garry Wilkinson.

A Woodcock was at Glengawna in the Gortin Glens. (Annette Elkin)

A flock of 50 Redwing/Fieldfare was in a flooded field along Monlough Road West in Carryduff (David Clarke).

Purple Sandpipers, 5 at Sandy Bay yesterday and today again (Gavin Ferguson)

A Jackdaw at Whitehead Co.Antrim,  showing a white crescent at the side of it's neck, possibly a "Nordic Jackdaw" was sent in by Cameron Moore:

Thanks to Gavin Ferguson for this pic of a Purple Sandpiper:

Bird News Sunday 29th November

A male Brambling was again in a garden in Culcavy. (Garry Armstrong).

The Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus and a flock of Twite at Whitehead boat compound, see pictures below. (Cameron Moore).

An adult Little Gull came in to roost at the south bay in Carnlough, Co. Antrim. (Jeff Larkin).

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Ring-billed Gull and the Twite and to James O'Neill for the picture of the Red Kite.


Bird News Saturday 28th November

On Thursday 27th a Woodcock flew into the windows of The Waterfront Hall, Belfast. A pair of Peregrines were also seen over Belfast (Rob McAllister)

A Common Scoter was close inshore at Emerson's Quay, Ardmore, Lough Neagh today (James O'Neill)

A Little Egret is again in Orangefield Park East Belfast (Rhona Galway)

A male Brambling was in a garden in Coleraine (Eddie Manthorpe)

50 Redwing were in fields at Ballylumford (Billy Hamilton)

Thanks to Rob for the pic of the Woodcock:

Bird News Friday 27th November

At Castle Espie the following were seen on Strangford Lough from the Brent Hide and Limekiln Observatory 500+ Light-bellied Brent Geese, 30+  Eider, 500+ Oystercatcher, 50+  Black-headed Gull, 350+  Shelduck, 50+  Curlew, 70+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 9 Turnstone, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 90 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Great Cormorant, 1 Little Egret. (Toni Castello). 

In Fermanagh the Brambling was still in a garden in Monea and a Long-eared Owl at Boho. (Brad Robson).

Bird News Thursday 26th November

A Red Kite seen today at 10.30 flying over the M1, 2 miles west of Moira roundabout (Pat Flowerday)

A Red Kite was over Mountpanther Estate at 1.45pm today. (Julia Grier)

23 Ruff, 1,200 Lapwing, 3 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Little Egret were at the south end of Lough Beg (David Steele)

52 Whooper Swans were grazing in field at Trummery near Moira (David Hunter)

A pair of Peregrines were seen in Coleraine (Peter Hough)

Bird News Wednesday 25th November

A female Brambling was in a garden in Antrim (Mark Smyth)

A Common Scoter was at Mill Bay in Larne Lough and 3 Twite at Whitehead boat yard (Cameron Moore)

St John’s Point had a Grt Norther Diver, 12 Brent Geese grazing among c. 1,000 Common Gulls, 6 migrant Song Thrushes and a Little Egret; Rossglass to Tyrella had a Fulmar, a Grt Northern Diver in summer plumage, a Red-throated Diver, 6 Common Scoter, a Red Kite, c.200 Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Twite (Chris Murphy)

A Jack Snipe was at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB and a Brambling in a garden at Monea (Brad Robson)

Today at Myroe were 350 Brent, 100 Whooper, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank. (Robert McDowell)

For anyone interested, an American Bittern was found in Co Cork today and it gave excellent views!

Bird News Tuesday 24th November

A male Brambling was in a garden at Monea in  Co. Fermanagh, see picture below. (Brad Robson). 

Castle Espie had a Greenshank, Redshank, Little Egret and 5 Little Grebe, and 130 Shelduck, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 45 Redshank and a Greenshank were off the Brent Hide (Toni Costello).

The Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus. (Tom Ennis/Tony Dodds).

Along the Armagh shore of Lough Neagh 50 Meadow Pipit were at Emerson's sandpit, Reedy Flat and 300 Fieldfare and 200 Redwing at Derrycrow (David Clarke).

At the Quoile at dusk around 25 to 30 whooper swans flew in to the bay in front of hide along with up to 40 Greylag Geese and a Snow Goose type hybrid. (Tony Donaldson).

Ballykelly had 35 Whooper Swan, 70 Brent Geese, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank. Myroe had 100 Whooper Swan, 200 Brent Geese, 7 Little Egret, 450 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank and 1 Twite,  Ball's Point had 2000 Golden Plover . (Peter Robinson + Coleraine RSPB Group)  

Thanks to Brad Robson for the picture of the Brambling, to Annette Elkin for the first picture of a Buzzard, to Carolyn Cubitt for the picture of the Greenfinch, to Gavin Ferguson for the picture of the Great Crested Grebes and to Tony Donaldson for the second Buzzard picture.


Bird News Monday 23rd November.

A Black Redstart was at Ballycarry bridge Co.Antrim and 2 Brambling  were visiting a garden in Whitehead.(Cameron Moore) see pics below.

Black Redstart.


Bird News Sunday 22nd November

2 Chough were in flight at Fair Head, Antrim. (Keith Bennett)

An adult winter Mediterranean Gull was at the north foreshore Belfast Lough (Stuart Mckee)

Yesterday 42 Pink-footed Geese were at Inch in Donegal (Brad Robson)

On the east side of Strangford Lough were 7 Slavonian Grebe (5 in Greyabbey Bay, 1 at Kircubbin and 1 south of Horse Island) and a Black-throated Diver in Greyabbey Bay. (Richard Weyl)

The adult Ring-billed Gull and a second winter Mediterranean Gull were at Carrickfergus (Brian Murphy)

A 2nd winter Little Gull was on the river at Ballycastle (Colin Guy)

A Chiffchaff was this morning at Derryboye, near Crossgar. There was a Snow bunting and Kestrel at Killard Point this evening (Jamea O'Neill)

A Red Kite was seen hunting beside the M1 Motorway between Moira & Lurgan (junctions 9 & 10). (Gareth D.A. Platt)

A woodcock was at A5 near Newtonstewart Co Tyrone last night. This afternoon a group of Crossbills and Golden Plover were at Clabby Mountain, co Fermanagh (Colin Bell)

Thanks to James O'Neill for this pic of the Snow Bunting and David McCormick for the Brent Goose:

Bird News Saturday 21st November

19 Whoopers flew from Greyabbey, around the south of Islandhill and up the Enler estuary. (Angus Kennedy)

2 Little Egret flew over Tesco at Portadown this afternoon (Alistair Prentice)

A male Brambling was in a garden at Richhill, Co Armagh (Andrew Poots)

100 Fieldfare were in a grass field along Ballymoney Road, Craigantlet (Leslie McKee)

It is worthwhile keeping an eye out for Little Auks along the coast. Large numbers have been seen in GB.

If you have any rare or scarce bird news which you wish to share, please do so via email  twitter @nibirds  and Flightline 02891467408.

Thanks to Angus Kennedy for this pic of a Black-tailed Godwit and Andrew Poots for the Brambling:

Bird News Friday 20th November

No news so far today.

Thanks to Derek Polley for the pictures of a Whooper Swan and a Snipe taken at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve earlier this week and to Suzanne Belshaw for the picture of the female Goldeneye from Stoneyford Reservoir.


Bird News Thursday 19th November

A Slavonian Grebe was at Oxford Island (Joe Devlin)

Three Glossy Ibis were in meadows just south of River Bann by M1 motorway (Birdguides)

2 Ruff where at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Derek Polley)

Bird News Wednesday 18th November

A female/imm Black Redstart was at Quay Lane, Killough. St John’s Point this morning had 70 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Red-throatd Divers and a Great Northern Diver (Chris Murphy)

RSPB Belfast WOW had 2 Ruff, 9 Brent, 3 Gadwall and 9 Snipe (Gerard McGeehan)

A male Crossbill was in a garden at the west end of Rathlin Island (Liam McFaul)

Bird News Tuesday 17th November.

The Ring-necked Duck was still showing at the sewage ponds at Kinnegar Co Down.(T.Ennis/A Dodds)