Bird News Monday 18th March

A probable Kumliens Gull was at Kinnegar later this afternoon (Michael Latham). See picture below.

The Spoonbill was off the Limekiln, Castle Espie (Michael Latham)

A singing Chiffchaff was near the Tannaghmore West Road car-park at Craigavon Lakes (Daniel Newton)

A littoralis Rock Pipit was at Sandy Bay, Larne today (Neal Warnock)

On the east side of Strangford Lough there were 66 Slavonian Grebe (56 between Greyabbey and Kircubbin and 10 off Newtownards Sailing Club) (Richard Weyl)

Yellowhammers continue to be reported from Gardens with two in Newtownards (Ian McKee) and one in Banbridge (Mike McLaughlin)

Unusually a Water Rail was in Stricklands Glen, Bangor around a puddle (Derek Polley)

Ring-Billed Gull still at Carrickfergus Marina, Co Antrim, this morning. (Kevin Kirkham)

A Chiffchaff was calling at Belfast Waterworks (Dot Blakely)

A male Brambling was in a garden at Marlborough Drive, Bangor (David Miller)

A Manx Shearwater was off Copeland (CBO)

Presumed Kumliens Gull - Michael Latham

Presumed Kumliens Gull - Michael Latham
Scandanavian Rock Pipit - Neal Warnock
Spoonbill - Michael Latham

Bird News Sunday 17th March

The adult Iceland Gull was again at RSPB WoW this evening (Daniel Newton)

4 Pink-footed Geese were with Greylags at Reedy Flats, Lough Neagh (Ed O’Hara)

The Spoonbill was feeding near the Limekiln at Castle Espie. (Paul & Niall Mulvenna)

A Chiffchaff was calling this morning montalto estate Ballynahinch (Marty Rooney) Another Chiffchaff was singing at Rathgael road in Bangor this morning. (Kerry Leonard)

8 Ruff were at Lough Beg this morning (Richard Hunter)

The Ring-billed Gull was showing again at Carrickfergus Harbour (Michael Latham)

15 Purple Sandpipers were at Kilhorne Bay, Annalong this afternoon. (Richard Gray)

Donegal Bay WeBS count today had 47 Greenland Whitefronts & a Chiffchaff on the south shore. Mountcharles had 4 Long-tailed Duck, 25 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver but only a few Scoter (Brad Robson)

Pink-footed Geese - Ed O'Hara

Ring-billed Gull - Michael Latham



Bird News Saturday 16th March

There is a  boat trip from Ballycastle to Islay this Monday (18th). Contact Jim Wells on 07856235144 for full details.

A Brambling and a female Blackcap were still visiting a private garden in Whitehead, see pictures below. (Cameron Moore).

A Merlin was along the M1 at Moira and an unusual Herring Gull with yellow legs was at Belfast WOW, see picture below. (Ed O'Hara).

5 Yellowhammer were at Inch in Donegal. (Christine Cassidy).

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Brambling and the female Blackcap, to Ed O'Hara for the picture of the unusual Herring Gull, to Thomas Campbell for the picture of the Treecreeper and to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Yellowhammer:






Bird News Friday 15th March

3 Long-tailed Duck were off Carrickfergus harbour (Gerard McGeehan)

2 Sand Martins were in Kinnegoe Bay at Oxford Island. (Ed O'Hara).

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the picture of the Slavonian Grebe, to Mark Elliott for the first Great Spotted Woodpecker picture, to David Cassells for the second Great Spotted Woodpecker picture and to Wilf Swain for the Buzzards picture:





Bird News Thursday 14th March

The adult Iceland Gull was at RSPB WoW this evening (Daniel Newton)


RSPB WoW has a Ruff, 5 Med gulls and high counts of 70 Lesser-blackBacked Gulls and 120 Shelduck (Derek Polley)

A Slavonian Grebe was at Whitehead seafront this afternoon. (Cameron Moore and Daniel Craig)

A Raven was at Belfast City Hall (Paul McCullough)

3 Jack Snipe were at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB reserve, Co Fermanagh (Brad Robson)

A Woodcock was seen this evening at A4 dual carriageway near Parkanaur Co Tyrone. (Colin Bell)

Clogher Head Co Louth had a Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver and 30 Common Scoter. Castletown River Dundalk had a Ring-billed Gull. (Fulton Somerville, Robert Hart and Michael Richardson)

Ring-billed Gull, Fulton Sommerville
Slavonian Grebe - Cameron Moore

Bird News Wednesday 13th March

Yesterday a littoralis type Rock Pipit was at Whitehead sea-front, see pictures below. (Cameron Moore).

Two Brambling were in a garden in Whitehead today. (Cameron Moore).

An adult Iceland Gull was at Belfast WOW this afternoon. (Daniel Newton).

A Yellowhammer was in a garden in Newtownards. (Ian McKee).

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the littoralis type Rock Pipit, to Philip McErlean for the picture of the Kingfisher and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Greenfinch:




Bird News Monday 11th March

A Brambling and a Blackcap were in a private garden in Whitehead,see pictures below. (Cameron Moore).

The Newry Canal between Poyntzpass and Scarva, this morning had a pair of Grey Wagtails, 5 Mistle Thrush, 21 Redwing, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Buzzard, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Snipe and 1 Jay. (Fulton Somerville).

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Brambling and the Blackcap and to Fulton Somerville for the picture of the Grey Wagtail:




Bird News Sunday 10th March

A male Brambling was in a garden at Richhill (Andrew Poots)
Brambling - Andrew Poots

A Dark-bellied Brent Goose was off the Floodgates at Newtownards (Brian Murphy)

An adult Med Gull in full summer plumage was at Ardglass Harbour among Common & Black-headed Gulls. 2 Carrion Crows, were on the pier at Strangford Village. (Gareth Platt)

Thanks to Mervyn Campbell for this image of a Sparrowhawk seemingly drowning a Jackdaw:


Bird News Saturday 9th March

A Gannet was fishing in Belfast Lough off Whiteabbey. (Michael Latham).

The Ring-billed Gull was still in the carpark at Carrick. (Gerard McGeehan/Paul McCullough).

8 Twite were at Sandy Bay in Larne and 13 Twite at the boatyard in Whitehead. (Paul McCullough).

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for the pictures of the Greenshank and the Teal, to Mark Elliott for the picture of the Tree Sparrow, to Paul McCullough for the picture of the Ring-billed Gull, to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Chough from Inishowen and to Jason Bain for the picture of the Sanderling :







Bird News Friday 8th March

A Carrion Crow was by the A2 at Lower Campsie near Londonderry, it appeared to be paired with a Hooded Crow. (John Spottiswood).

3 Pink-feeted Geese at Steele's point, Islandmagee, Larne lough. Brambling are visiting a garden in Whitehead and a Blackcap.(Cameron Moore)


3 Pink-footed Geese - Cameron Moore.

NIOC - Work of NI Bird Photographers


Bird News Thursday 7th March

The Goosander pair (fem and male) were still on Lough Ross, Crossmaglen this morning, on the far side of the Lough when viewed from the carpark (Mick Derwin)

2 Sand Martins were seen from the Hide at the Quoile (Dot Blakely)

RSPB WoW has 3 Med Gull and a high count of 50+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Derek Polley)

Tyrone Lesser Whitethroat

The Lesser Whitethroat that wintered in Dromore, Co. Tyrone has been confirmed by DNA analysis as Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca blythi). (Brian McCloskey et al). Thanks to the homeowners for their hospitality in allowing Birders to view the bird from very comfortable surroundings!

Bird News Wednesday 6th March

This morning two Jack Snipe were along the Newry Canal, just north of Gamble's Bridge. (Frank Carroll).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker visited feeders in a garden in Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh today. (Joe Devlin).

Two immature White-tailed Eagles were at Boa Island on Lower Lough Erne. (Birdguides).

St Johns Point at lunch time produced, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Raven. New Canal north of Newry had 1 Kingfisher and 5 Redwings. (Fulton Somerville).

Thanks to Joe Devlin for the picture of the Woodpecker, to Fulton Somerville for the picture of the Raven and to Jason Bain for the picture of the Curlew: