Bird News Saturday 25th May

The Tawny Owl was calling at 4:45 and seen briefly at Castle Ward. (Maurice Hanafin, Seamus Enright). Please note that the Bread Festival is on today and the Van Morrison concert tomorrow!

A Sabine's Gull flew past Bloody Foreland this morning. Also 5 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver and a Storm Petrel past (Chris Ingram).

A 1st winter Little Gull was at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve, see picture below. (Ed O'Hara).

 A Cuckoo, a Peregrine, 3 Wheatear, a Buzzard and a Red Squirrel were in the Glenoo Mountain area, near Fivemiletown this morning. (Colin Bell).

A Cuckoo was at Murlough and a Whitethroat at Tyrella. (Tom & Zach McCreery).

Tory Island off Donegal today had an adult Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Glaucous Gull, a Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, a Redwing, a Goldcrest, 10 Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail, a Great Skua and 3 Black-tailed Godwits. (Brad Robson).

A female Hen Harrier was on the east side of Rathlin this evening. (Alistair Prentice.)

At least two Great Spotted Woodpecker (probably three) were at Colebrooke in Fermanagh (Dave Allen, Clive Mellon et al).

  A boat trip up the Lagan today revealed many terns nesting on the disused quays and 2 Manx Shearwaters were off Loughshore Park in Belfast Lough this afternoon. (Roger Woodward).

Thanks to today's photographers, to Zach McCreery for the picture of the Meadow Pipit, to Ed O'Hara for the pictures of the Little Gull and the Black Guillemot and to Lindsay Hodges for the picture of the Bullfinches. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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