Bird News Wednesday 21st March

The Iceland Gull and three Scaup were at RSPB WoW this morning (Daniel Newton).

At least two Mediterranean Gulls were at RSPB WoW this afternoon. (Colin Mayes).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was visiting a garden near Drumaness. (Monica Bailie).

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

Thanks to Colin Mayes for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull, to Adam McClure for the picture of the Ring-billed Gull and to Graham Day for the pictures of the Twite and the Treecreeper:



Bird News Tuesday 20th March.

 A female Goosander was at Dungonnell reservoir.(Sean Hickey)

An Iceland Gull was on Ballycastle beach along with 4 Purple Sandpipers.(Michael Savage)

An Iceland Gull was seen around Newcastle harbour.(Leonard Charles).

The female Ring-necked Duck was still showing well in the Closet River mouth at Oxford Island, see picture below. (James O'Neill).

The Glaucous Gull was still on Rathlin this morning, see picture below. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

A 2nd winter Iceland Gull and a Scandanavian Rock Pipit were on the shore at Carnfunnock, see pictures below. (Colin Guy).

Female Ring-necked Duck - James O'Neill

Iceland Gull -Michael Savage 
Glaucous Gull - Ric Else

Iceland Gull - Colin Guy

Scandanavian Rock Pipit - Colin Guy

Bird News Monday 19th March

A Velvet Scoter was off Newcastle Harbour ( Frederico Bianco, Garry Wilkinson) 

The Twite flock was still at Sandy Bay, Larne (Frederico Bianco, Garry Wilkinson & Nigel Moore) 

At least 8 Sandwich Tern were at Strangford (Derek Polley)

A Great-spotted Woodpecker was at Gosford this morning (John Anderson)

A Wheatear was on Rathlin (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

4 Scaup (two male and two female) were still at Belfast WOW ( Frederico Bianco, Garry Wilkinson & Nigel Moore)

The 2cy female Hen harrier was at Reedy Flats, Lough Neagh (James O'Neill)

The drake Smew was still at Inch, Co Donegal (Christine Cunningham)

Thanks to James O'Neill for this pic of the Hen Harrier and Christine Cunningham for the Smew: 

James O'Neill, Hen Harrier:

Christine Cunningham, Smew:

Bird News Sunday 18th March

The Ring-billed Gull was still in Carrickfergus, see picture below. (David Stirling).

A 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Corbally Reservoir, Portrush. (Colin Guy).

A number of Stock Doves were in fields close to Whiterocks, Strangford Lough. (Michael Latham).

Several hundred Barnacle Geese were in fields alongside the Ardmillan Road along Strangford Lough. (Daniel Newton).

A female Ring-necked Duck was in Closet Bay, Oxford Island, also present was a leucistic Black-headed Gull which resembled an Ivory Gull. (James O'Neill).

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was still at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Daniel Newton).

Thanks to David Stirling for the picture of the Ring-billed Gull, to Michael Latham for the picture of the Stock Dove and to James O'Neill for the picture of the Ring-necked Duck:


Bird News Saturday 17th March

A happy St Patrick’s day to all ☘

A first winter Iceland Gull was off Whitehead (Cameron Moore)

Two Bramblings were on the Dromona Rd, Cullybackey (Jeff Larkin)

An Iceland Gull and four Scaup were at RSPB WoW late morning (Daniel Newton)

The Spotted Redshank was at Myroe and three Slavonian Grebe offshore (Brian Murphy)

A Brambling was visiting a garden in Mountsandel, Coleraine.(Eddie Manthrope).

A 2nd winter Iceland Gull wasat Carnfunnock, a1stw Glaucous at Carnlough, a 1stw & 3rdw Iceland & 1stw Glaucous in the Garron Point area (Neal Warnock)

Thanks to Michael Latham for the picture of the Iceland Gull from RSPB WoW reserve:


Bird News Friday 16th March

2 male Wheatears were on Ramore Head today (Colin Guy)

A first winter Iceland Gull, a pair of Mediterranean Gulls and an adult Ring-billed Gull were at RSPB WoW this morning (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).
Thanks to Kevin for the pictures of the Mediterranean Gull and the Ring-billed Gull, to Cameron Moore for the picture of the Iceland Gull and to Colin Guy for the picture of the Wheatear:


Bird News Thursday 15th March

Two Iceland Gulls were at Whitehead this morning (Cameron Moore)

A male Brambling was in a garden off the Lisburn Road, Belfast this morning (Dave Allen)

A male Wheatear was on Ramore Head this morning (Colin Guy)

The Bann Estuary had an adult and a 1st winter Iceland Gull, 10 Whooper Swans, 57 Black-tailed Godwit and 205 Golden Plover (Hill Dick)

A second year Glaucous Gull was on Rathlin (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

Many thanks to Ric and Hazel for this pic of a Glaucous Gull on Rathlin:

Bird News Wednesday 14th March

An Iceland Gull was at RSPB WoW this morning (Daniel Newton)

Yesterday a Spotted Redshank was in the channel at Myroe (Jonny Rosborough)

Today a Glaucous Gull flew past the sea embankment at Myroe; also present there c350 Whooper Swans, c300 Brent Geese, c450 Golden Plover and 4 Greenshank. (Hill Dick/Peter Robinson)

Thanks to Jonny for this pic of the Spotted Redshank:

Ringed Sanderling

This ringed Sanderling was photographed on Portballintrae beach by James Crozier. We would be pleased to receive any information on where this bird was ringed. Update: Thanks for the feedback and we believe we have details of the ringing of this bird and will publish details in the future.

Bird News Tuesday 13th March

A first year Iceland Gull was out towards the Skerries, Portrush and an adult Glaucous was seen in flight. The Bann Estuary had another first year Iceland and a second year Glaucous Gull (Stuart McKee).

Thanks to Kevin Kirkham-Brown for the picture of the Siskin:

Bird News Monday 12th March.

Two Sand Martins and two Little Stints where at Mullagh, Lough Beg.(David Steele)

The Green-winged Teal was still at the Ecos Centre. A first year Iceland Gull was the at Bann estuary, another first year flew past Ramore and a first winter/summer Ring-billed Gull was briefly at East Strand car park Portrush before flying off towards Ramore Head (Stuart McKee)

8 Pink-footed Geese were at Keeble Lough, Rathlin (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

Our thanks to Andrew Poots who has sent in this photograph of a Common(Mealy) Redpoll that he took from his garden in Richill. As from this year under the IOC, Common Redpoll is now a separate species from Lesser Redpoll which is the one most people see in their gardens:

Bird News Sunday 11th March

17 Slavonian Grebe were off Greyabbey Bay South (Laurence Irvine)

Capanagh had 50 Fieldfare and 15 Skylarks. 5 Red-throated Divers and a Sanderling were at Sandy Bay, Larne (Gerard McGeehan \ Shirley Dunlop)

Thanks to Wilf Swain for this pic of a drake Red Breasted Merganser:

Bird News Saturday 10th March

A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was feeding in a garden beside Gosford Forest (Aubrey Percy)

An Iceland Gull was at RSPB WoW early this morning (Daniel Newton)

First winter Glaucous Gulls were at Corbally Reservoir and Dunseverick (Garry Armstrong)

As we head in to the breeding season, a reminder that we do not publish pictures of rare breeding birds or birds at nests. 

Thanks to Aubrey Percy for this pic of the Great Spotted Woodpecker: