Bird News Monday 2nd March

A first Winter Glaucous Gull was at Groomsport this morning. (David Nixon and Philip McHaffie)

Bird News Sunday 1st March

A Slavonian Grebe was at Glynn (Gerard McGeehan)

At Fanad Head, Co Donegal were a 1w and 2w Kumliens Gull, three 1w Iceland Gulls and a 1w Glaucous Gull (Wilton Farrelly).

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was still at Larne Harbour. (Ian Graham/Philip West).

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Belfast Lough WOW Reserve and the Spotted Redshank was at Kinnegar Lagoon. (Philip West/Ian Graham/Tom Ennis).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Tolllymore Forest Park (Frank Carroll).  

A first-winter Iceland Gull was at Ballintoy Harbour and a first-winter Glaucous Gull near the harbour at Portballintrae. The adult Ring-billed Gull was at Portrush East Strand. 2 first-winter Mediterranean Gull were also at Portrush - one at the East Strand and one near the lifeboat station (Tom Ennis. Allan Gillespie).

3 Whimbrel were together at Orlock Point. (Richard Weyl).

The drake Smew, Glaucous Gull and first winter Ring-billed Gulls were still at Inch in Donegal. (John Loughlin/Irene Miller)

Below is the 1st winter Iceland Gull at Larne and thanks to Cecil Smyth for the picture of the Black-tailed Godwit


 
 
 

Bird News Saturday 28th February

An adult Ring-billed Gull was off Glynn Station (Neal Warnock)

The Spotted Redshank was again seen at the RSPB Belfast Harbour Estate.(Irishbirding)

The Little Egret was in the stream running alongside the Knock golf club on the N'Ards Road in Dundonald around 10am this morning.(Conrad Watson)

At Inch, Co Donegal were 6 Pintail 2, Gadwall, 2 Scaup, the drake Smew, a 1st yr Glaucous Gull and two 1st yr Ring-billed Gulls.  Blanketnook had a 2nd yr Glaucous Gull along with 3 Slavonian Grebes (Chris Ingram, Theo Campbell and Richard Smith)

Fanad Head had four 1st winter Iceland Gulls, a 1w Glaucous Gull and a 1w Kumliens Gull (Wilton Farrelly)
Barnacle Geese - Christine Cassidy

Male Blackcap - Linda Thompson.













Bird News Friday 27th February

This morning a Red Kite flew above the Ballyblack Road towards Knockinelder Bay, Portaferry. (Rachel Hart).

The 2 Iceland Gull (first and second-winter) were still at the mouth of the bush at Portballintrae. - feeding on a dead dog (Derek McIntyre). 

A Spotted Redshank was at Kinnegar Pool (Joe Lamont).

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the female Blackcap from her garden and to Karl Martin for the pictures of the Reed Bunting and Redpoll from Belfast Lough WOW Reserve.



Bird News Thursday 26th February

Late news for yesterday was the male Smew was at the Farland Bank Hide, Inch Island. (Peter Robinson+Coleraine RSPB group)

The Little Egret was at Moat Park Dundonald this morning (Rhona Galway)

The first winter Iceland Gull was again at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve (Derek Polley)

A second-winter Iceland Gull was still at the mouth of the Bush at Portballintrae (Derek McIntyre)

At Larne Lough the Green-wiged Teal and 2 Little Egret were at Ballycarry Bridge. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull and 2 Gadwall were at Glynn (Cameron Moore)

Thanks to Jane McLaughlin for the pic of the flock of Knot at Whitehouse Lagoon, Bert Montgomery for the drake Smew at Inch and Christine Cassidy for the Buzzard:

Knot, Jane McLaughlin

Smew, Bert Montgomery

Buzzard, Christine Cassidy

Bird News Wednesday 25th February

The Iceland Gull was at RSPB Belfast Harbour WOW reserve. The Little Egret was at Kinnegar (Derek Polley)

2 Iceland Gull (first-winter and second-winter) were at the mouth of the River Bush at Portballintrae (Derek McKintyre)

The White-tailed Eagle known as Ingar and which had been frequenting the area around upper Lough Erne, has been found dead. The PSNI are investigating the cause of death. (NIRSG). See: http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/White_tailed_Eagle_found_dead_in_Fermanagh.aspx?s_id=793378776

Thanks to Ian Jackson for this pic of a Long-tailed Tit:

Bird News Tuesday 24th February

The female Goosander was still at Glynn (Gerard McGeehan)

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the female Sparrowhawk and to Robin Cunningham for the picture of the Wigeon.


Bird News Monday 23rd February

The 1st winter Glaucous Gull was still at Portavogie harbour , Co Down (Keith Bennett)

Tyrella Co.Down ...has a Merlin,800 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 350 Linnets a Twite,50 Tree Sparrow,... Comber Estuary had 100 Whooper Swan and the 1st winter Iceland Gull still present at the RSPB Belfast Harbour Estate.(Chris & Tim Murphy, Mark Wotham)

The Spoonbill was at Castle Espie today.


Late news from yesterday that a report of a Hawfinch was seen at Oxford Island, we have no further information (Irishbirding)

Our thanks to Christine Cassidy for the photo of three Black-tailed Godwits taken at the new RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve, just a quick note for those who have not visited yet, the new main building will be closed on Tuesday's but the lagoon can still be viewed from the roadside hide and the lane hide. Also to Stephen Maxwell for the Buzzard in flight and the Goldfinch. 






Bird News Sunday 22nd February

The Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus Harbour this morning. (Adam McClure)

A first winter Iceland Gull was at Belfast Harbour RSPB WOW reserve this morning (Garry Armstrong)

There are now two 1st winter Iceland Gulls in Larne Harbour (Neal Warnock)

On Strangford Lough at Horse Island 5 Slavonian Grebe and a Jack Snipe (Richard Weyl)

A Black-throated Diver and 8 Red-throated Diver were at Portmuck on Island Magee (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop)

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Thanks to Linda Thompson for this pic of the female Goosander at Glynn Halt (taken yesterday):

Bird News Saturday 21st February

Two Glaucous Gulls were in Portrush today, at the car park beside Ramore Head (John Clarke).

The female Goosander still present at Craigavon South Lake. (David Knight).

A male Smew was on Inch Lake in Donegal. (Robin Cunningham).

The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus Marina. (Birdguides).

A male Hen Harrier flew NE over the Collin Road, Ballyclare at around 4.30 this afternoon. (Thom Shannon).

Thanks to John Clarke for the picture of one of the Ramore Head Glaucous Gulls, to David Knight for the picture of the female Goosander, to Angus Kennedy for the pictures of the Ringed Plover and the Teal and to Robin Cunningham for the picture of the male Smew:

 


 
 
 

Bird News Friday 20th February.

The adult Mediterranean Gull was still at Newcastle (Leonard Charles).

 5 Crossbill were with Siskin and Lesser Redpoll at Woodburn Forest. An adult Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher and 15 Snipe were at Whitehouse and 200 Knot at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Gerard McGeehan).
Song Thrush - Tony Donaldson.



Widgeon - Stephen Maxwell.

NIRSG Conference - Sat 7th March





Bird News Thursday 19th February

An Iceland Gull was at the weir in Newcastle Boating Pond (Leonard Charles)

A first-winter Iceland Gull was at Greenisland Sea Park (Gerard McGeehan)

Portmuck, Islandmagee this afternoon had a male Hen hHrrier, a Buzzard, a Red-throated Diver and 9 Great Northern Divers. (Robert McDowell)

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Thanks to William Smiton for this pic of a Wigeon flock and Tony Donaldson for the Little Egret with the Grey Heron (from the Quoile):


Bird News Wednesday 18th February

Along the Outer Ards, an adult Sabine's Gull was watched for 15 mins close inshore at Burial Island (Billy Miskelly)

A 'Parvipes' Canada Goose was with 2000 Barnacle Geese, the drake American wigeon and a 1st winter Iceland Gull at Trawbreaga Bay, Malin Head (Ronan McLaughlin)

Many thanks to David Knight for this pic of the adult Iceland Gull at Derry yesterday:

Bird News Tuesday 17th February.

An adult Iceland Gull was along the River Foyle at McFarlands Quay near Sainsburys in Derry (David Knight).

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was still at Kinnegar, Belfast Lough. If the bird is not on the beach area, it can be in the sewage ponds.

The ad Ring-billed Gull was seen at Derry Quay. (Christine Cassidy)

Unusually 2 Greenshank were on Lower Lough Erne islands RSPB reserve Co Fermanagh today. A Great Northern Diver was there yesterday (Brad Robson)

Ring-billed Gull  - Christine Cassidy.


Pied Wagtail - Pete Wedderburn.

Pair of Teal - William Smiton