Bird News Friday 26th April

A female/imm Marsh Harrier and 59 Black-tailed Godwit were at Portmore Lough RSPB nature reserve. (James Robinson/Matthew Tickner, Seamus Burns).

Yesterday, a Red Kite was hunting over lough shore fields, just north of Portaferry. (Nicholas J A Sanders).

A flock of 21 Waxwings were on roof tops and in garden off the Ormeau Road in Belfast this afternoon. (Robert Scott).

195 Whimbrel were in the Derryadd area of Upper Lough Erne today, including a single flock of 85. Also 15 Swifts and large numbers of hirundines were on the move. (Kerry Leonard).

12 Waxwing were in Larne. (Bill Guiller).

A Cuckoo was being mobbed by a pair of Meadow Pipits near Killeter this afternoon. It has been present since April 19th. (Richard Donaghey).

A Pink-footed Goose, 2 Common Tern, Whimbrel and 40 Pale-bellied Brent were at Glynn in Larne Lough (Gerard McGeehan).   

Yesterday a Cuckoo was at Monea in Fermanagh (Brad Robson) and a Swift at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre (Peter Cush).

5 Waxwing were in a garden in Whitehead and 7 Whimbrel at 40 Acre Bay in Larne Lough (Cameron Moore).

1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red Throated Diver flew past Briggs Rocks, hundreds of Manx Shearwaters and Kittiwakes  were offshore. (Colin Guy).

Thanks to today's photographers, to Anne Guichard for the picture of the Marsh Harrier from Portmore, to Bill Guiller for the first two Waxwing pictures from Larne, to Robert Scott for the third Waxwing picture from the Ormeau Road, to David Cassells for the Goldcrest picture taken near Oxford Island, to Christine Cassidy for the Treecreeper pictures, to Ian Jackson for the female Blackcap picture and to Tom McCreery for the pictures of the Willow Warbler and the Sedge Warbler from Oxford Island. You can see more NI bird pictures at



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