Bird News Sunday 14th April

The Black-necked Grebe was still off the Waterside Hide, Oxford Island (Wilton Farrelly)

An early sighting of a Swift today over Woodlawn Heights in Richhill this evening at 6.45pm. (Andrew Poots)

At the Quoile was the Marsh Harrier, a 2nd year male, 200 Teal, a pair of Great-crested Grebe, 2 Swallow 2 Sandmartin, 4 Pintail and 10 Wigeon. (Norma Price)

Two male Brambling were visiting a garden in Co Armagh (Kevin Kirkham-Brown)

A female Hen Harrier was at the Brickworks at WWT Castle Espie.

Lough Shark had 7 Chifchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 13 Swallows, 5 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins and 8 Great Crested Grebes (Fulton Sommerville)

A Green Sandpiper was still at Creightons Reservoir, Holywood (Wilton Farrelly)

Visible migration was reduced at Copeland Bird Observatory but a male Common Redstart, male Blackcap, 30 Goldcrest and 2 Fieldfare were present (David Galbraith)

20 Waxwing were off Rosemary Park in Bangor and 10 Swallow at the Comber Estuary seen from the service station along Downpatrick Road (Dot Blakely)

Several Waxwing were in Lisburn (John Scott)

Good numbers of House and Sand Martin were at The Battery along the Tyrone shore of Lough Neagh and good numbers of Swallow at Ballyronan (Brendan Corr)

A Little Egret was at Ballycarry Bridge in Larne Lough (Stephen Foster)

5 Sand Martin and 2 Swallow, in Sionmills Co Tyrone (Brian Hegarty)

Circa 100 hurindines were seen flying over the road North of Ballyronan, inc 6 House Martins. Also, 54 Whooper Swans were still at South Lough Beg (Ciaran Burns)

A Crossbill was at Crocknagrally area of Mullaphad Forest nr Fivemiletown Co Tyrone today (Colin Bell)

Swallows, Sand Martins, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs have been reported today from numerous sites throughout NI.

Thanks to Alistair Prentice for this Black Guillemot pic.

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