Bird News Sunday 17th December

The Iceland Gull was seen again at the harbour, Rathlin Island (Ric Else and Hazel Watson)

The Great White Egret was seen again at Lough Beg (Daniel Newton)

Bird News Saturday 16th December

The Glossy Ibis was still at Lough Beg this morning (Richard Hunter)

An Iceland Gull was seen on Rathlin Island. (Ric Else/Hazel Watson)

The 11 Pink-footed Geese were still in the back fields at Murlough today. 2 Stock Doves were there too, feeding with Wood Pigeons (David Nixon)

18 Twite where at Kilroot and 2 Long-tailed Duck of Carrickfergus.(Brian Sutton)

Pink-footed Geese - Angus Kennedy.

Bird News Friday 15th December

Yesterday a Common Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck were with 70 Scaup at the mouth of Dargan Bay in Belfast Lough, another Long-tailed Duck was off Lough Shore Park. Today a Jack Snipe was on the waste ground beside Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Stuart McKee).

The Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret were both still at the south end of Lough Beg this afternoon and a Crossbill flew west over Mullagh. (David Steele).

Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Buzzard:

Bird News Thursday 14th December

A Black-throated and Red-throated Diver were off Groomsport, Co Down (Brian Murphy)

Thanks to Wilf Swain for this pic of a pair of Wigeon:

Bird News Wednesday 13th December

An immature Black-throated Diver was close to shore at Strickland's Glen, Bangor this afternoon.(Philip Watson).

A female Brambling is visiting a garden at the Spa outside Ballynahinch. (David Nixon).

Thanks to Paul Mulvenna for the picture of the Redwing and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Kestrel:

Bird News Tuesday 12th December

5 Twite were at Whitehead Boatyard (Cameron Moore)

11 Pink-footed Geese were at Dundrum Inner Bay (David Nixon)

The Black-throated Diver was still showing off Groomsport (Richard Hunter)

Thanks to David Nixon for this pic of part of the Pink-footed Geese flock and Cameron Moore for a Twite:

Bird News Monday 11th December.

42 Twite were on Tyrella beach. (Tim Murphy)

A Pied Wheatear was seen at Ballymacoda, Co Cork, yesterday. (A Malcolm)

Curlew - John Moore.

Bird News Sunday 10th December

An adult winter plumaged Bonaparte's Gull was seen briefly at Dargan Bay early this afternoon but not seen subsequently at either Dargan or Whitehouse. (Daniel Newton).

7 Whooper Swans flew over Dundrum Inner Bay south. A Red Kite was at Ballyward. (Mike McLaughlin.

Thanks to Mike McLaughlin for the picture of the Tree Sparrow:

Bird News Saturday 9th December

A Woodcock was in the snow at side of upper Ballynahinch Road close to Waterloo Road near Annahilt at 2.30pm approx. (Garry Wilkinson).

2 male Brambling were on the Grangefoyle Road near Donemana, County Tyrone, see picture below. (Brian Hegarty).

Thanks to John Moore for the picture of the Mistle Thrush and to Brian Hegarty for the picture of the Bramblings:


Bird News Friday 8th December.

2 Peregrine and a Woodcock where at Cairn Wood this morning.(Denis Chambers)

The Black-throated Diver was off the car park at Groomsport (George Gordon)

Our  thanks to Wilfred Swain, whose photo captures how tough it is for birds in these harsh conditions. Also to Jeff Silvers for his Little Egret.
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Bird News Thursday 7th December

The drake American Wigeon was still at Ardalee, Dundrum Inner Bay. (Richard Hunter)

There were 20+ Snow Buntings on top of Slieve Comedagh in the Mournes, today. (Fergal O’Connor)

A Little Auk was found dead at West Strand, Portrush this morning (Paul Quinn)

Thanks to Rathlin Walking Tours for this pic of the Little Auk:

Bird News Wednesday 6th December

A Common Sandpiper was observed on the banks of the River Lagan near Cutter’s Wharf, Stranmillis.

A large flock of 100-120 Siskins were feeding on Birches and Alders in the car park at SuperValu in Comber at 11.30.(Chris Shaw).

Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Cormorant: