Bird News Sunday 24th July

At Oxford Island the Little Gull was still off Croaghan Hide and unusually for the site 5 Sanderling dropped in with a flock of Dunlin. (Garry Armstrong)

The Whooper Swan was seen again on the River Lagan, circa 1 mile downriver of the Island Centre (Trevor Rutherford)

Thanks to David Hill for this pic of a male Reed Bunting:

Bird News Saturday 23rd July

A Little Gull was off the Croaghan hide, Oxford Island (Garry Armstrong)

There were 5 rafts of Manx Shearwaters (30-40 individuals in each) at the mouth of Belfast Lough as seen from the Stena ferry when passing Kilroot power station this morning (Ian McKee)

Kinnegar Shore in the afternoon had a light bellied Brent, an adult Mediterranean Gull and three Sanderling. Good numbers of waders including Knot and Bar-tailed Godwits were also present (Wilton Farrelly)

13 Greenshank, 7 Little Egret and a Common Sandpiper were at Glynn (Gerard McGeehan)

A 2nd year Mediterranean Gull was at the Bann Estuary. (Jeff Larkin)

A Western Sandpiper is present at Tacumshin, Wexford.

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for this pic of a Kingfisher:

Bird News Friday 22nd July

8 Sanderling were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee).

Thanks to Ronnie Snoddy for the picture of the juvenile Cuckoo from Cultra on the 19th.

Bird News Thursday 21st July

The Little Ringed Plover was present briefly again in the area east of the RSPB WOW reserve. In the reserve itself were a Whimbrel, three Greenshank and two Common Sandpipers. (Stuart McKee). The Little Ringed Plover was still present at lunchtime (Dennis Weir)

Thanks to Norman Milligan for this pic of the Little Ringed Plover:

Bird News Wednesday 20th July

8 Little Egret were at Dundrum Coastal Path. (Jim McKeown)

Three Mediteranean Gulls were at Belfast WOW Reserve (Brian Murphy)

An adult LIttle Ringed Plover was at the small pool with the yellow cone in rough ground 300 metres east of RSPB WoW centre. First seen circa 4pm and still present 20.35 this evening. (Norman Milligan)

A dark phase Arctic Skua was harassing terns at the Barmouth, Castlerock (Colin Guy)


A Greater Sand Plover was seen early this morning at Tacumshin, Co Wexford. 

Bird News Monday 18th July

 At Hillsborough Lake a Common Sandpiper was at the spot where the ducks are fed this evening. (Gary Wilkinson).

A Spotted Flycatcher was at the eastern end of Rathlin. (Colin Guy).

Thanks to Ian Jackson for the picture of the Gannet

Bird News Sunday 17th July.

Kearney Co Down had.. a Cuckoo, Merlin, several Whimbrel and 3 Carrion Crows.(Garry Armstrong/Phillip West)

Kinnegar shore had a flock of 50 Knot and around 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, with a lot of them in stunning summer plumage(GA/PW).

About 400 shearwaters were in Belfast Lough this afternoon, off Eden, seen from the Stena ferry. (Robert Scott).

A Kingfisher was at Knock Bridge, on the Newry side 100 yards from the Knock Bridge at Mullahead Road near Bleary. (Paul Allen).

Thanks to Karl Martin for the picture of the Common Sandpiper and to John Moore for the picture of the Black Guillemot.


 

Bird News Saturday 16th July

A Glossy Ibis was seen at 8:50 south of Armoy to east of the B44 in Co. Antrim, flying south. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).

This morning two Crossbills were at Clabby Mountain Co Fermanagh. (Colin Bell).

Thanks to Gareth Platt for the picture of the Hooded Crow.

Bird News Saturday 16th July

A Glossy Ibis was seen at 8:50 south of Armoy to east of the B44 in Co. Antrim, flying south. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).

This morning two Crossbills were at Clabby Mountain Co Fermanagh. (Colin Bell).

Bird News Friday 15th July

2 Sanderling in summer plumage, 2 Common Sandpiper,1 Whimbrel,1 Greenshank, 150 Redshank, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit in sum. plum. where all at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Stuart McKee)

Ailsa Craig Boat Trip

There will be another boat trip to Ailsa Craig this Saturday. Contact Jim Wells on 07856235144 for further details.

Bird News Thursday 14th July

2 Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher and a Buzzard where at Kinnegar shore.(Gilly Irwin)

12 Greenshank where at Glynn Co.Antrim.(Gerald McGeehan)

Yesterday Lough Beg between 3-5pm had a pair of Whooper Swans with 2 cygnets. Birds were on the Antrim shore opposite Mullagh Point. Also present in SW and Paddy Dub area were 3 Little Egrets, 2 Canada Geese, 20 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff and a Kestrel. A female Garganey was with Mallard in the bay to the south of Church island. (Godfrey McRoberts).

Thanks to Jason Bain for the picture of the Kingfisher.

 
 
 

Bird News Wednesday 13th July

An Osprey was at Lough Beg today. A Ruff and a female Garganey were in the southwest corner. (David Steele).

A Common Sandpiper was at Whitehead seafront. (Adam McClure).

An adult Pomarine Skua flew past Bloody Foreland in Donegal. (Birdguides).

Thanks to Linda Thompson for the pictures of the Spotted Flycatcher and the Chiffchaff and to Karl Martin for the pictures of the juvenile Wheatear and the Puffins.


 

 
 
 

Bird News Wednesday 13th July

An Osprey was at Lough Beg today. A Ruff and a female Garganey were in the southwest corner. (David Steele).

A Common Sandpiper was at Whitehead seafront. (Adam McClure).

An adult Pomarine Skua flew past Bloody Foreland in Donegal. (Birdguides).

Thanks to Linda Thompson for the pictures of the Spotted Flycatcher and the Chiffchaff.


 
 

Bird News Wednesday 13th July

An Osprey was at Lough Beg today. A Ruff and a female Garganey were in the southwest corner. (David Steele).

A Common Sandpiper was at Whitehead seafront. (Adam McClure).

An adult Pomarine Skua flew past Bloody Foreland in Donegal. (Birdguides).

Boat Trip To Ailsa Craig

There will be a boat trip to Ailsa Craig tomorrow, leaving from Cushendall Boat Club at 9am.


Contact Jim Wells on 07856235144 for full details.

Bird News Tuesday 12th July

The Grasshopper Warbler is still reeling at Oxford Island, see picture below. (Garry Armstrong).

Thanks to David Hill for the pictures of the Sedge Warbler and the Reed Bunting
Sedge Warbler
Reed Bunting

Grasshopper Warbler



 

Bird News Monday 11th July

Belfast Lough RSPB WOW reserve had a Mediterranean Gull and chick, 3 Common Sandpipers, 35 Knot and a juvenile Sandwich Tern. (Derek Polley)

Thanks to David Hunter for the  picture of Curlew and to Derek Polley for the piture of the Mediterranean Gull and chick .