Bird News Friday 29th March

A drake American Wigeon is at the Quoile Pondage, to the left of the hide, with Wigeon and Teal. An adult Mediterranean Gull was in Killyleagh harbour. (David Nixon).

(At 2pm the American Wigeon was visible from far end of road past countryside centre. Not visible from hide in current location - Keith Bennett)

A Kildeer has been reported at the north part of the estuary at Killybeggs in Co. Donegal. Viewed from the R263 causeway G724780.

The drake Lesser Scaup was still off the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island (Jeff Larkin)

Two adult Mediterranean Gulls are at Sandy Bay, Larne (Neal Warnock)

16 Waxwings are back in Whyte Acres Banbridge this morning (Karen Elliott)

A male and 3 female Bramblings were still visiting a garden off the Belmont Road, Belfast (Philip West)

The blue phase Snow Goose is still at Lough Macnean, Co Fermanagh.

The Iceland Gull is still at Corbally Reservoir.

A small flock of Waxwings were at Springhill House National Trust today, circa 25, eating berries in the walled garden at 2 pm. About 5 were still some there at 3:30. (Kevin Kirkhambrown).

A Mealy Redpoll is visiting a garden in Richhill, Co. Armagh. (Andrew Poots).

At Larne Lough a Pink-footed Goose, adult Mediterranean Gull and Greenshank were at Glynn (Gerard McGeehan).      

Last night at 10pm a Barn Owl was seen at Annagh lane at Lough Beg (Seamus and Ciaran Burns). 

Thanks to today's photographers, to Andrew Poots for the pictures of the Mealy Redpoll, to Kevin Kirkhambrown for the pictures of the Waxwings, to Dessie Loughrey for the picture of the Grey Heron and to Alistair Prentice for the Treecreeper picture. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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