Bird News Sunday 27th April

A drake Garganey was at Reedy Flats along with 25 Whimbrel. Two Reed Warbler were showing from the Kinnego Hide, Oxford Island (James O'Neill)

A Whinchat and Stonechat were seen at Alt Britain Forest in the Sperrins. A Cuckoo was also heard. (Ciarán Burns)

A Light-bellied Brent Goose was at Tiraroe, Upper Lough Erne this morning - a rare Fermanagh record (Kerry Leonard/Michael Stinson)

The pair of Ring-necked Ducks and the Green-winged Teal were still at The Mullagh, Lough Beg.140 Whimbrel were also in the fields at Mullagh (David Steele)

Tory Island today had 1 Iceland Gull, 28 Whimbrel, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 16 White Wagtail, 51 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff a Blackcap, a Corncrake and a Fieldfare. There was no sign of the Green-winged Teal but 2 Basking Sharks were close inshore (Brad Robson)

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was still at Kinnegar Pool (Wilton Farrelly)

Belvoir Forest Park beside The River Lagan, had a high count of 12 Jays were squabbling and calling in one tree (Ronnie Milligan)

A Cuckoo and a Grasshopper Warbler were calling at Slievegarran near Castlewellan this morning (Adam McClure and Eimear Rooney)

Along the west shore of Lough Neagh a male Garganey, 2 Scaup and 4 Whimbrel were at Blackers Rock (Godfrey McRoberts)

At Larne Lough at least 46 Whimbrel and 7 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballycarry Bridge (Stephen Foster).

Summer migrants continue with plenty of reports of eg Swifts and Sedge Warblers.

Thanks to James O'Neill for this pic of Black-tailed Godwits and Whimbrel at Reedy Flats and the Reed Warbler:

Black-tailed Godwits, James O'Neill:

Whimbrel, James O'Neill:

Reed Warbler, James O'Neill:

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