Bird News Tuesday 9th April

The Black Necked Grebe was showing well from the Waterside viewing platform at Oxford Island. (David Nixon).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was flying between trees & drumming close to the Lagan footbridge at Belvoir Forest, Belfast, this morning. (Ron Price).

A Chiffchaff was in the Loughan, Coleraine this morning and a number of Terns were dotted along the Causeway Coastal Route this afternoon. (Richard Donaghey).

8 Waxwings were in the Carolhill area of Ballyholme, Bangor,  1 Wheatear and 20 Teal were at Briggs Rocks. (Colin Guy).

2 Chiffchaff were in Ballyronan Wood on the west shore of Lough Neagh, 80 Scaup were off shore. (Ed O'Hara).

5 Waxwing were along Sand Road in the Galgorm area of Ballymena. They were opposite Raphael Park (Richard Gray).

2 male Brambling, 2 Jay and 3 Blackcap were in a garden in Pirrie Road off the Belmont Road in Belfast. On Sunday the Spotted Redshank was still at Creighton's Green Dam. (Philip West).

A male Wheatear was on the Causeway path, west of the visitors' centre. Many Gannets were offshore. ( Roger Woodward).

Thanks to Danny Boyd for this picture of a newly arrived Common Tern taken at RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve, to Alistair Prentice for the Jay in flight, to Ed O'Hara for the Chiffchaff from Ballyronan Wood, to Adam Middleton for the Jay taken at RSPB headquarters at Belvoir and to Mark McConnell for the picture of the Rock pipit. You can see more pics at


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