Bird News Wednesday 3rd April

6 Brambling are still visiting a garden in Richhill, Co. Armagh. (Andrew Poots).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker has been visiting a garden off the A2 opposite Hazelbank at Whiteabbey. (Rhoda Cassidy).

2 male Wheatears were in a snowy field at McIlwhans Hill, Ballyutoag Road, north of Belfast. (Clive Mellon).

A Wheatear, 6 Sandwich Tern, a Grey Plover, a Little Egret and 30 Brent Geese were at Killard thi evening. (Craig Nash).

A Little Egret was around the wetlands at Stormont, a pair of Blackcap continue to visit a garden at Knock in Belfast. (Lindsay Hodges).

Around Larne Lough the Pink-footed Goose, 26 Greylag and, 4 Sandwich Tern were at Glynn. A Dipper was along the river and 2 Sandwich Tern and a Red-throated Diver at Sandy Bay (Margaret Adamson, William Smyton).    

3 Wheatear were at Briggs Rocks and 60 Golden Plover at the lagoon at Ballymacormick Point. 20/30 Sandwich Tern were between there and Briggs (Colin Guy).    

Yesterday at least one male Wheatear and a Whimbrel were at Ballymacormick (George Henderson) and 2 Siskin in a garden in Craigavon (Paul Reynolds).

2 Little Egret were at Ballycarry Bridge. (Margaret Adamson).

This evening a flock of c 375 Golden Plover were beside the RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve, also 14 Ringed Plover and 8 Reed Bunting on hard core fill in, to east of reserve. (Gilly Irwin).

Thanks to todays photographers, to Andrew Poots for the Brambling pictures, to Lindsay Hodges for the pictures of the Peregrine and the pair of Blackcaps, to Alistair Prentice for the picture of the Shag, to Margaret Adamson for the picture of the Pink-footed Goose, to Stephen Maxwell for he picture of the ringed Black-tailed Godwit and to Tom Mccreery for the picture of the Jay. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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