Bird News Saturday 16th March

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Glen Wood nature reserve in Florencecourt Forest, Co Fermanagh this morning (Brad Robson)

The Green-winged Teal was at Barr Hall Bay, Outer Ards, Co Down. (Keith Bennett).

13 Waxwings were in Donaghadee this morning. (James Robinson).

7 Bramblings, 6 males and a female, were in a garden in Richhill. (Andrew Poots).

2 Jack Snipe and the Red Crested Pochard were at Oxford Island today. (Ed O'Hara).

2 Brambling were visiting a garden in the Waterside area of Derry. 3 Little Egrets, a Peregrine and 2 Buzzards were at Myroe. (Christine Cassidy).

Yesterday a Scandanavian Rock Pipit was at Ballintoy, see picture below. Today a new 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Portballintrae and the 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was still at Ballycastle. (Colin Guy).

3-4 Snipe were showing well outside the Observation Room at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Adam Middleton).

A Water Rail was at the lagoon at the Groomsport end of Ballymacormick Point (George Henderson).    

Yesterday 12 Waxwing flew north at Peatlands Park (Stephen Foster).

 Thanks to today's photographers, to Colin Guy for the picture of the Scandanavian Rock Pipit, to Andrew Poots for the Brambling picture, to Alistair Prentice for the picture of the Goldfinch, to Ed O'Hara for the picture of the Red Crested Pochard, to Christine Cassidy for the pictures of the Little Egrets and the Peregrine and to George Stewart for the picture of the Redpoll. You can see more NI bird pictures at

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