Bird News Thursday 18th April

A White-tailed Sea Eagle was at Lough Beg this morning (Paul Lynas)

A 2nd summer Ring-billed Gull, 1 ad. Little Gull and 1 ad. Yellow-legged Gull were at RSPB Belfast Harbour Estate.(Birdguides)

A male Common Redstart was 800 m west of the lighthouse at St John's Point. Also noted at the Point were 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, a White Wagtail, Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and 3 Goldcrest. A Blackcap and Chiffchaff were at Kelly's Wood and 3 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and Goldcrest at Killough (Tim Murphy).

9 Waxwing were at Westbury in Cookstown (Tony McCormick).

19-20 Waxwing were visiting a garden in Knockbracken Park, east Belfast around 6pm, stayed for 15 mins before leaving.(Colum McCavana)

A first-winter Little Gull and Common Sandpiper were at Whitehead. At Island Magee a Common Sandpiper and 3 Purple Sandpiper were at Ballylumford and 9 Pale-bellied Brent and a Whimbrel at Brown's Bay.

A second-summer Mediterranean Gull and Arctic Tern were on Cockle Island.

Poyntzpass to Scarva canal walk from 8:30 - 10:30 today had...
3 Blackcap, 5 Bullfinch, c10 Buzzards, 16 Chiffchaff, 10  Goldcrest, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 House Martin, 4 Lesser Redpole, c50 Swallow, 33 Tree Sparrow, 35 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet and 1 Treecreeper.(Fulton Somerville).

11 Whimbrel were seen in flight at Dundrum south Inner bay this evening, 500 Brent Geese were also present.(David Nixon)

The Bann Estuary had 600 Black tailed Godwit, 800 Redshank, 12 Dunlin, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 50 cCurlew, 8 Golden Plover.  6 Goldeneye, 8 Sandwich Tern, 2 Tufted Duck, Teal, 4 ed breasted Merganser,  a Red throated Diver, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldcrest,1 Buzzard. (Norma Percival-Price)

3 White Wagtails were at Sandy Bay and a Whimbrel and the Pink-footed Goose at Glynn this evening (Neal Warnock)

Our thanks to Ed O'Hara for this assortment of hirundines at Oxford Island.
Christine Cassidy for the Wheatear. . Alex Coroliu for this pic of a Common Tern. Mervyn Campbell for the Shelduck  Noel Austin who captured this minx raiding a Mallard's nest and taking the goods.

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