Bird News Saturday 10th December

A 1st winter Iceland Gull was at the mouth of Inver River (looks like Drains Bay bird) & 2 Velvet Scoters were still off Glynn. (Neal Warnock).

Both the Siberian Chiffchaff and the common Chiffchaff were still around the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island. A Little Egret was at the mouth of the Closet River. (Garry Armstrong).

The 1st winter Greenland White-fronted Goose was with Greylags at Glynn. A Slavonian Grebe was also present. (Neal Warnock).

Farland Bank, Inch Lake this morning had 2 Kingfishers, a Smew, 1 Goldeneye, & 2 Mergansers. (Dermot Mc Laughlin & Christine Cassidy).

An escaped Mandarin Duck was in Sionmills. (Brian Hegarty). 

Thanks to Neal Warnock for the picture of the Iceland Gull, to Angus Kennedy for the picture of the Pintails and to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Smew.

Bird News Friday 8th December

The Marsh Harrier was still at Portmore Lough this morning (Neal Warnock)

An adult Mediterranean Gull, East Strand Car Park, Portrush, also flew back and forth to the beach (Hill Dick)

5 Pink-footed Geese were with a large number of Barnacle Geese at Trawbreaga Bay, Inishowen in Donegal (Michael McLaughlin).

Whooper Swans - Stephen Maxwell.
Smew (this bird is at Inch, Co Donegal) - David Hill

Redwing & Fieldfares - Christine Cassidy.

Bird News Thursday 8th December

Eight Snow Buntings today at Keady Mountain near Limavady (David Steele)

Male Smew showing very well at Inch floodgates, Co Donegal (Hill Dick/Peter Robinson)

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for this pic of two Dippers and Rod Gillan for the Reed Bunting:



Bird News Wednesday 7th December

The 2nd w Ring-billed gull remains at Round O, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. (Brad Robson).

2 Slavonian Grebe were in the Strangford Narrows opposite Kilclief and a Merlin was 50yds along entrance road to Kearney. (Dick Haydon).

Bird News Monday 5th December

Seven Goosanders, two males and five redheads, were at Lough Island Reavy today. A Red Kite was overhead. (David Nixon)

An immature Iceland Gull was seen at Ballygalley and subsequently at Drains Bay, Larne (Neal Warnock)

Whitehead had a morning flypast of 64 Red-throated Diver and 9 Great Northern Diver between 08.15 - 09.10, all flying into Belfast Lough (Ian Enlander)

There were five Great Northern Divers of Portstewart Head today, (Sean Hickey)

Yesterday a Chiffchaff was seen in woodland at Blacker’s Rock, Lough Neagh, Co. Tyrone. Also a male Stonechat was present in the reedbeds, which are irregular at this site. (Godfrey McRoberts)

A Red Kite was over Dundrum on Sunday morning (Cathal Ferris)

Thanks to Rod Gillan for this pic of Golden Plover at Portstewart Strand and Dessie Loughrey for the Buzzard:

Golden Plover, Rod Gillan:

Buzzard, Dessie Loughrey:

Bird News Sunday 4th December

3 adult winter Med Gulls were off the Gas Works in Strangford Lough. (Philip West/Garry Armstrong)

Yesterday a small group of Crossbills were in the Fardross area, near Clogher Co Tyrone. (Colin Bell)

The drake Smew was still at Inch Lake, Co Donegal, along with two Ruff (Brian Murphy)

We would like to pass on our condolences to the family of Norma Percival-Price who has passed away suddenly.

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for this pic of a Fieldfare:

The Ultimate Bucket List

Keith Betton (co-editor of 'Behind the Binoculars' with Mark Avery) will be giving an NIOC talk at the Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road, Belfast on Wednesday 7 December at 7.30 pm. The talk is titled 'The Ultimate Bucket List' - 20 birds to see before you die, selected by Keith from his life list of approximately 7200 birds! A life-long bird-watcher, Keith is an avid traveller and has visited around 100 countries.

Bird News Saturday 3rd December

The Great White Egret was at Lowery Bay not far from Roscor viaduct in Co. Fermanagh, see picture below. (Annette Elkin).

A Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Shivnagh in Donegal (Birdguides) and a Black Duck at Templehouse Lake in Sligo. (Seamus Feeney). 

Great White Egret Annette Elkin;

Bird News Friday 2nd December.

12 Waxwings were at the bottom of My Lady's Mile Holywood, before flying off in the direction of Sullivan School. (John Edwards)

It is now confirmed that there are indeed 2 Great White Egrets currently in Co Fermanagh , yesterday one was at Rosscor and the other near the Lough gates. (Brad Robson)

An adult Little Egret was at Mullagh River at Maghera (David Morrow).

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for this picture of a Goldcrest:

Bird News Thursday 1st December

A Slavonian Grebe was at Lough Beg today, also 25 Little Egrets and ten Ruff (David Steele)

Bird News Wednesday 30th November

Yesterday the Ring-necked Duck and 20 Whooper were at the Quoile. (Tony Donaldson).

A Chiffchaff was along the Newry Canal south of Scarva this morning, the Kingfisher was still present. (Frank Carroll).

Thanks to Tony Donaldson for the pictures of the Goldcrest and the Buzzard.

Bird News Tuesday 29th November

Maybe 2 Great White Egrets on Lower Lough Erne, one at west end and 1 at Inishmakill/Glenross Bay.(Brad Robson)

A Waxwing was at Kearney, Co Down (Dave Allen)

Another Waxwing was in a garden in Eglinton today (Jonny W)

A Ruff, 2 Little Egret, 40 Knot  and10 Bar-tail Godwits were at Whitehouse (Gerard McGeehan)

Yesterday 7 Sandwich Tern were at Portaferry (John Wilson Foster)

A Little Egret was in Orangefield Park, Belfast this morning (Rhona Galway)

A walk along the Scarva towpath to-day produced a Kingfisher a Water Rail and lots of Redwing.(Karen Elliott)

Slightly further afield... A male Smew and a Ruff where at Inch Lake Co. Donegal and 12 Long-tailed Duck all of which seem to be female type seen at Mill Bay off Inch Island. (David/Phillip McHaffie)

At Murvagh, Rossnowlagh, a drake Surf Scoter was with 1700 Common Scoter (Ralph Shepperd)

For those following the A6 Toome Road issues, an appeal is to be heard into it.

Mediterranean Gull -Garteth  Platt.