Bird News Sunday 29th April

An un-tagged Golden Eagle was at Altikeeragh above Castlerock. This is perhaps another sighting of the bird seen earlier at Rathlin Island and a Red Grouse was also present (Jeff Larkin).

The adult Little Gull was still at the Quoile Pondage, 2 Swift were also present with large numbers of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows. St John's Point had 3 Whimbrel and a White Wagtail, Rossglass had 35 Whimbrel with another 4 in Killough Harbour, Strand Lough had a single Whooper Swan. (Ed O'Hara)
At Ballyquintin Point a Short-eared Owl, 60 Whimbrel, 3 White Wagtail and 5 Red-throated Diver. North of Kearney 20 Whimbrel and 3 White Wagtail. South of Portavogie 10+Whimbrel.(R.Weyl)
 A Red Kite was at Herring bay between Greyabbey and Kircubbin, there was also a Swift at Kearney.  (Keith Bennett)
A Garganey was near Comber this morning.(C.Henry)
20 Swift, 25 House Martin, hundreds of Swallow and a Willow Warbler were at Stoneyford (Walter and Chris Veale)
 A first-summer Lesser Black-backed Gull with a blue ring on the left leg 1EL was at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast (Stuart McKee).
 The second-summer Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport.
Thanks to Ed O'Hara and Tom McCreery for today's pictures.

Little Gull - Ed O'Hara
Blackcap-Tom McCreery

Whimbrel-E O'Hara'

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