Bird News Friday 22nd June

Yesterday a leucistic Starling that could be mistaken for a Rose-coloured Starling was in Belfast, see pictures below. (Alan Wiggins).

Thanks to Alan Wiggins for the pictures of the leucistic Starling and to Ian Jackson for the picture of the Swift:

Bird News Thursday 21st June

Seven Crossbill were at Slieveanorra, Co Antrim (Brian Murphy)

A Spotted Flycatcher and young were at Derrymore Wood, Bessbrook (Frank Carroll)

A Black Swan was at Inch, Co Donegal (Gareth Platt)

Thanks to Alastair McLean for this pic of a Sedge Warbler:

Bird News Wednesday 20th June

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Ballyskeagh, near Lisburn this evening (Robert Scott)

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for this picture of a male Hen Harrier from Co Antrim:

Bird News Tuesday 19th June

No news so far today.

Thanks to David Steele for the picture of the eclipse American Wigeon at Lough Beg yesterday and to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Whinchat:


Bird News Monday 18th June

An eclipse male American Wigeon was with seven male Eurasian Wigeon in Church Bay, Lough Beg. (David Steele)

Bird News Sunday 17th June

A Little Gull was still present at the Bann Estuary this morning (Brian Murphy)

Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen at Oxford Island (R Illingworth)

The Rosy Starling influx continues with birds reported throughout Britain and Ireland so keep a look out for one with your local Starlings.

Great Skua, Rathlin - Linda Thompson:

Wilf Swain - Sparrowhawk:

Bird News Saturday 16th June

A Stock Dove and 3 Knot were at Belfast Lough WOW Reserve this morning. (Garry Armstrong).

This morning a Great Skua was on the water off the west lighthouse, Rathlin, having killed an auk. Several hours later a pair of Great Skuas was seen at Kebble, Rathlin. (Ian & Philip McKee).

Bird News Friday 15th June

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Eshywulligan, Co Fermanagh. (Clive Mellon)

Bird News Thursday 14th June

A Red Kite was soaring over Ballydugan Road half way between Downpatrick and Clough this morning. (Colin Mayes).

Belfast WOW reserve had 600+ Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Knot, 3 Dunlin and 12 Gadwall. (Derek Polley).

Thanks to Cameron Moore for this unusual picture of a Grey Heron that has its tongue protruding through it's neck:

Bird News Wednesday 13th June

An adult Little Gull was at the Bann Estuary (Colin Guy)

A leucistic singing male Chaffinch was seen at the play park in the Stormont Estate today (Harry Byron)

Bird News Monday 11th June

A female Marsh Harrier flew high south over Derrycrow on the south shore of Lough Neagh. (David Knight).

Two Little Gulls were at the Bann Estuary this afternoon. (Richard Donaghey).

Thanks to Richard for the picture of the Little Gull: