Bird News Saturday 18th May

A Lesser Whitethroat was singing in gorse at Ballyquintin Point. It was also seen in a straggly hedge (Dermot Hughes).

3 Cuckoo were at the Drowes River in Donegal (Tony McCormick).

Two 1st summer Little Gulls are at RSPB Belfast Harbour this morning. Tern numbers are building and Black-headed Gulls hatching (James Robinson)

A 1st summer Little Gull was at Lough Cowey, Down, still. (Keith Bennett)

A Great spotted Woodpecker was this morning at Lord Wardens Wood, Clandeboye Estate Bangor (Peter Lockhart)

A Cuckoo was calling at Slievenora, Co Antrim (Adam McClure)

If considering visiting the Tawny Owl, please note that access to Castle Ward will be restricted next weekend due to a concert at the venue. You can also hear this mornings Radio Ulster it's at:

Thanks to Peter for this pic of the Woodpecker and Alistair Prentice for the Whitethroat (taken yesterday in the sun!) and Christine Cassidy for the Bullfinch.

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Peter Lockhart
Whitethroat - Alistair Prentice

Bullfinch - Christine Cassidy

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