Bird News Sunday 26th May

A first year female Subalpine Warbler was at Copeland Bird Observatory. (Shane Wolsey).

A Whinchat and a calling Cuckoo were at Capanagh Forest, Co Antrim, this morning. (Ron Price).

The Cattle Egret was still on the island at Hillsborough lake. In Co Fermanagh 4 Garden Warbler and a calling Cuckoo were at Crom. (Keith Bennett).

At least 3 Cuckoos' were heard at Murlough, Co Down this morning. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).

A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Tory Island and the Curlew Sandpiper was still present. (Brad Robson).

The female Hen Harrier was hunting at Church Bay on Rathlin Island this morning. (Alistair Prentice).

 A Cuckoo was at Balyness Mountian, near Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone this afternoon. (Colin Bell).

A male Garganey and 3 Cuckoo were at Portmore Lough RSPB reserve this afternoon. 3 Reed Warblers were in the reed bed beside Kinnegoe Hide at Oxford Island this morning. (Ed O'Hara).

There were 2 male Scaup off the Castle Island hide at the Quoile. (Chris Henry).

Thanks to today's photographers, to Ed O'Hara for the picture of the Cuckoo from Portmore and the picture of the Black-tailed Godwit, to Stephen Maxwell for the picture of the Arctic Tern from Belfast Lough RSPB reserve, to Alistair Prentice for the picture of the Hen Harrier from Rathlin and for the picture of the Stonechat and to Lindsay Hodges for the picture of the Grey Heron and the picture of the Mute Swan defending its nest from all comers. You can see more NI bird pictures at

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