Bird News Friday 29th April

2 Chiffchaff, 3/4 Blackcap and a Willow Warbler were at Castle Espie (DotBlakely).

A Stock Dove was at Delamont (Spencer and Joan Marshall).

A 2 hour walk along the Newry Canal produced 30 Chiffchaff, 45 Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 20 Sedge Warbler, a Raven and a Sparrowhawk (Fulton Somerville).

17 Whimbrel were at Rossglass and a pair of Pintail at Strand Lough (RichardWeyl).

A Wood Warbler, 2 male Siskin, 8 Crossbill and a Buzzard were at Banagher Glen. A first summer Little Gull, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, a Grey Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 35 Whimbrel and a Whitethroat were at Bann Estuary (David Campbell).

At Capanagh, 5 Red Grouse (3 seen, 2 others heard). 8 Crossbills in flight.
South of Shilnavogy Forest, 3 pairs of Lapwing with 10 young (4, 3 & 3).
Shilnavogy/Jockeysquarter, 2 Whinchats
Slievenorra, 9 Crossbills (1 male, 8 females/young)
Shelton North (near Slievenorra), 2 Grasshopper Warblers heard.
Over the day we saw at least 12 Wheatears and had sightings of Sparrowhawk, Merlin, Buzzard, Hen Harrier & Kestrel. - All from David Nixon & Philip McHaffie

Over 100 Whimbrel and 7 Tree Sparrow were at Reedy Flats, Co. Armagh. (Ed O'Hara).

Yesterday a Common Sandpiper was at the top of Slemish (Stuart McKee).

Whimbrel, Reedy Flats, Co. Armagh - Ed O'Hara

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