Bird News Wednesday 22nd May

The Tawny Owl was heard at Castle Ward tonight (Adam Middleton)

Coney Island near Killough had a Whimbrel, a Sanderling, a Wheatear, 3 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover. Tree Sparrows are nesting in a nest box in a Killough Garden. (Chris Murphy).

On Rathlin a Pomarine Skua was eating a Kittiwake below the RSPB observation point, a Peregrine was over Church Bay and a Raven was stealing Guillemot eggs on the west side of the island. (Alistair Prentice).

A first summer Little Gull was at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Bird Guides).

The adult Mediterranean Gull x Black-headed Gull was still at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee).

The White-tailed Eagle was to the north of Capanagh and 4 Buzzard and a Merlin at Agnew's Hill (Cameron Moore).

An Osprey was present on Monday and Tuesday on a farm pond just off Audley's Town Road between Castle Ward and Strangford Lough. (Craig Nash).

A Red Grouse was at Llendrum Windfarm near Fivemiletown this evening. (Colin Bell).

Yesterday 3 Cuckoo's were calling, one of them showing well, at Murlough.

Thanks to today's photographers, to Stephen Maxwell for the Tawny Owl pictures, to Alistair Prentice for the pictures of a Buzzard being mobbed by Ravens on Rathlin and to Angus Kennedy for the Cuckoo, Kestrel and Sedge Warbler pictures. You can see more NI bird pictures at



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