First Winter Bonapartes Gull, Whitehead, Co. Antrim - Craig Nash
On this date.
1st February 1848 saw the provinces first Bonaparte's Gull, it was found on the River Lagan Co.Antrim, interestingly it was also the first for the Western Palearctic. There have been quite a few since, (10 records)but I'm sure over the years that a lot have been overlooked. The last twitchable bird was a first winter bird which stayed around Whitehead for around two weeks, allowing excellent views as it often came to bread.