Bird News Wednesday 17th August

4 Red Kites were seen soaring together in the Antrim hills this morning. (Kenny Moore).

The putative Iberian Wagtail was still on Rathlin in the pony field opposite the Kelp House and adjacent to Rathlin Hostel (John Clarke \ James McDowell).

Two Tree Pipits at Maghery Country Park, SW Lough Neagh shore, early this morning. (Kerry Leonard)

Putative Iberian Wagtail, James McDowell:


Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of a male Sparrowhawk:

Bird News Tuesday 16th August

 Ramore Head 0630-0830: Sooty Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 7 Whimbrel, 473 Manx Shearwater, 155 Gannet, 60 Sandwich Tern (Dean Jones).

An Osprey was angling at 11am along the River Maine upstream from Lough Neagh (Sam Andrews).

A Common Sandpiper at Kinnegar Pools early afternoon and at least 3 Swifts hawking over road at Belfast Lough RSPB (Bob Watts). Earlier Greenshank (Daniel Newton).

Juvenile Little Gull at Belfast Lough RSPB reported from 1551 (Tony Dodds). 

Rathlin East Light this evening 1700-1900 produced Great Shearwater, adult/subadult Sabine’s Gull, 50+ Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, 2 Arctic Terns, several Commic Terns and 1000s of Man Shearwater (Ric Else).

Putative Iberian Wagtail still present Rathlin in field with ponies opposite Kelp House (Ric Else).

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tim Jess:


Bird News Monday 15th August

 The Yellow Wagtail, of still indeterminate race, is still on Rathlin this morning. It was seen in a field with cattle before flying back towards Kelp House. Three Common Sandpipers were in Mill Bay. The Yellow Wagtail was showing well back in the horse field this afternoon.(Kevin Kirkham)

A Great Skua was seen mid channel from the Rathlin Ferry. (Patrick & Michael Barton).

A Little Gull is close to the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island. (Comghal McQuillan).

The female Marsh Harrier was showing well at the east end of Reedy Flats, Lough Neagh this afternoon. (John Lambe).

At least 30 Mediterranean Gulls were south of Portavogie at low tide, mostly adults with some juveniles. (Dermot Hughes).

Thanks to Comghal for the picture of the Little Gull:



Bird News Sunday 14th August

Twelve Garganey (two eclipse males and ten females or juveniles) were at Lough Beg this morning, also the female Smew, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a Little Gull and the Great Egret. A Green Sandpiper was at the ponds at Mullagh. (David Steele)

The putative Iberian Wagtail is still on Rathlin (Neal Warnock)

A Green Sandpiper is at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh. A Little Gull and Common Sandpiper were also present (Michael Latham)

The Glaucous Gull was still at Riverside Retail Park, Coleraine. In the car park of Riverside Fitness and towards Burger King. (Daniel Newton)

Green and Common Sandpiper, Michael Latham:

Glaucous Gull, Daniel Newton:

Little Gull, Michael Latham:

Bird News Saturday 13th August

The presumed Iberian Wagtail remains on Rathlin Island in field with ponies opposite Kelp House. A sound recording has been made. The bird was still present mid-afternoon. Also a Green Sandpiper was present this morning (Ric Else).

The Little Ringed Plover remains at Portmore Lough (Garry Armstrong).

Two Little Gulls remain at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh (Ed O’Hara).

Four Whimbrel were at the high tide roost at Dundrum. (Michael Latham).

Thanks to David McCreedy for the pictures of the Ring Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Snipe:






Bird News Friday 12th August

The presumed Iberian Wagtail was still on Rathlin this afternoon (Ric Else).

Ballycarry Bridge in Larne Lough this afternoon had two Whimbrel and two Greenshank. (Ian Enlander).

A Thresher Shark was seen breaching three times from the Rathlin West Light this evening (Ric Else / James Crymble)

The Glaucous Gull was at Burger King in Coleraine this afternoon. (John Clarke).

The Great White Egret, a Garganey and two Hen Harriers were at Lough Beg.

Thanks to Ric Else for these pictures of the Yellow Wagtail and to Jeff Higgott for the picture of the Glaucous Gull:





Bird News Thursday 11th August

 The probable Iberian Yellow Wagtail was seen again on Rathlin this morning. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

There was no sign of the Little Stint at Ballymacormick Point this morning but 4 Whimbrel and a Mediterranean Gull were present. (James Andrew).

A Great Egret and a Garganey are at the Mullagh, Lough Beg (Jeff Larkin).

An Osprey was east of Farr’s Bay, Lough Neagh at the mouth of the River Maine, also a subadult Mediterranean. Gull (Suzanne Belshaw).

The Coleraine Glaucous Gull was at the Bann Estuary this morning. (John Clarke).

Thanks to Suzanne Belshaw for the pictures of the Osprey and to John Clarke for the picture of the Glaucous Gull:





Bird News Wednesday 10th August

The putative Spanish Wagtail is still present in field with ponies opposite Kelp House, Rathlin (Bob Watts). Also on Rathlin a ringtail Hen Harrier over Ballyconagan in the afternoon and a Mediterranean Gull yesterday briefly at Mill Cove (Ric Else & Hazel Watson). 

The Glaucous Gull was at Burger King in Coleraine again today. (John Clarke).

A Little Stint was at Ballymacormick Point near Bangor and  a Great Skua flew past.(James Andrew).

Two Raven were at the Four Winds, Carryduff (David Clarke)

Glaucous Gull, John Clarke:

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tim Jess:

Bird News Tuesday 9th August

The Yellow Wagtail (probably Iberian) is still present on Rathlin this morning. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson). The bird was still present at 4:40 (Victor Caschera)

At Lady Bay there were 2 Little Gulls. There was no sign of the Ruff or Common Sandpipers. At Portmore there was a Common Sandpiper but no sign of the Little Ringed Plover. (Richard Caves)

The Great White Egret and five Garganey were at the south end of Lough Beg this evening. Also seven Ruff (two juveniles). (David Steele)

Little Gull, Richard Caves:



Bird News Monday 8th August

The Yellow Wagtail of so far unidentified sub-species, is still on Rathlin this morning. (Hazel Watson & Ric Else).

Lady Bay had 4 Little Gull, 1 Common Sand and the juv Ruff. The Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sand were still atat Portmore. (Dermot Hughes & John O'Boyle)

Lough Beg today had the female Smew and this evening an Osprey again. Four Garganey and 7 Ruff were seen last Friday (David Steele)

You can see pictures of local birds at: http://nibirdpics.blogspot.com/

Bird News Sunday 7th August

The Yellow Wagtail considered to be either of the Ashy-headed race cinereocapilla or possibly Spanish race iberiae (or an intergrade) remains this morning on Rathlin Island (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

The Little Ringed Plover juvenile remains at Portmore Lough, also 2 Common Sandpipers present this morning. A juvenile Ruff was present off Croaghan Hide, Oxford Island (Garry Armstrong).

Three Little Gulls were at Lady Bay this morning along  with the juvenile Ruff and two Common Sandpipers.  (Garry Armstrong).

In Donegal, Fanad Head this morning had a Great Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 17 Storm Petrel and 19 Sooty Shearwater (Wilton Farrelly)

A Spotted Redshank was at Dundrum. (David Stirling).

Thanks to Michael Latham for the pictures of the Little Ringed Plover, to Richard Caves for the pictures of the Little Ringed Plover, Ruff and Common Sandpipers and to Ric Else for the picture of the Yellow Wagtail:

Michael Latham

Michael Latham

Richard Caves
Richard Caves
Richard Caves
Richard Caves
Richard Caves
Ric Else


Bird News Saturday 6th August

A Yellow Wagtail (sub-species not yet ascertained but Ashy-headed or Spanish considered most likely) is on Rathlin Island this morning. The bird was still present late morning close to the harbour and also present in the evening (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

The Little Ringed Plover is still at Portmore (Daniel Newton)

A single Little Gull, the juvenile Ruff and 3 Common Sandpipers were still at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh. (Richard Caves/Garry Armstrong).

A Ruff and 7 Greenshank were at Whitehouse Lagoon (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop)

Thanks to Ric Else and Hazel Watson for the pictures of the Yellow Wagtail, to Donna Riddell for the picture of the Wheatear and to Richard Caves for the pictures of the Little Ringed Plover and the Little Gull: