Bird News Monday 12th March

A Rough Legged Buzzard, 6 Yellowhammer inc 3 singing males and a Sparrowhawk were at H359969 Strabane, Co Tyrone. The Townland name is Liskinbwee. (Tyrone Nelson)

A possible Short-toed Lark was reported at Baltray, Co. Louth, near the tower viewed from the gate at the end of the track this morning; reported as present for several weeks (Peter Phillips)

Along the Armagh shore of Lough Neagh the second-calendar year Marsh Harrier was at Reedy Flat. There was no sign of the Tundra Bean Goose. 2 Pink-footed Geese were with 300 Greylag at Oxford Island (Jeff Larkin).

Along the Antrim coast a Great Northern Diver, 4 Twite and 2 Black Guillemot were at Glenarm. 6 Wigeon and 24 Pale-bellied Brent were at Carnlough (Iris Millar).

At Larne Lough 5 Greenshank and an adult Iceland Gull were at Glynn. A first-winter Iceland Gull and 5 Purple Sandpiper were at Whitehead (Cameron Moore).

A female Sparrowhawk was at Botanic Gardens in Belfast (Ricky McQuillan).

This morning 40+ Greyleg Geese were at Anne's Point, Strangford Lough, there was no sign of the Russian Whitefronted geese. Also 12 Pale-Bellied Brent were just west of Anne's Point along with 3 Curlews. (David McCormick).

In Louth a second-year Iceland Gull and 5 Red-throated Diver were at Gyles Quay. A Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose and Canada Goose were at Blackrock (Ivor McDonald).

Thanks to David McCormick and Alistair Prentice for todays pictures, you can see more of Alistair's pictures at

Meadow Pipit - Alistair Prentice

Stonechat - Alistair Prentice

Bullfinch - Alistair Prentice

Brent Geese - David McCormick

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