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Location – Castle Archdale
Date – Saturday, 3 May
The early bird catches the worm! Head to Castle Archdale for 5am to join our local group and RSPB Fermanagh staff to listen to the birds welcome the new day in fine voice. Expert guidance will help you identify which birds you can hear – from migrants like willow warbler, blackcap and chiff chaff and as well as resident breeding birds like robin, wren anddunnock.
The event will finish with a delicious breakfast at Mahon’s Hotel in Irvinestown.
Time – 5am to 8am
Price - £10 for non-members, £6 for RSPB members , £2 for children. Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £22. All prices include breakfast.
Location – Castleroe Woodland (Meet at Coleraine Marina,Portstewart Road)
Date – Sunday, 4 May 2014
Join Ken Perry from the RSPB Coleraine local group to explore the early morning sights and sounds of the universitycampus’ established woodland.
The songs and calls of blackcap, mistle thrush, chiff chaff, robin, blackbird and many more wonderful species will be certain to make up a quality chorus at first light and, after such an early start, the event will finish with a delicious barbeque breakfast!
Time – 5.30am or 6.15am. The event will last approximately two hours.
Price - £10 for non-members, £6 for RSPB members, £2 for children. Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £22. All prices include breakfast.
Location – Portmore Lough nature reserve
Date – 10 May
Experience the early morning magic at Portmore Lough and hear tree sparrows, spotted flycatchers, song thrush, sedge warbler and much more before enjoying a delicious breakfastand kids’ crafts in the community room.
Time – 6am to 9am
Price - £10 for non-members, £6 for RSPB members , £2 for children. Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £22. All prices include continental breakfast at the reserve.
Location – Rathlin Island
Dates - 10 May and 24 May
You're invited to don your walking boots and put your best foot forward to experience one of Northern Ireland's most special places.
Located at the southern arm of the island, the Roonivoolinreserve is home to lots of wonderful wildlife – including Northern Ireland's only family of chough - and offers stunning views as far as the eye can see.
Time – Noon to 3.30pm
Price - £5 for adults/£3 for RSPB members. Children U14 go free! Price excludes ferry fare – visitwww.rathlinballycastleferry.com to book your sailing.
Location – Castle Caldwell
Date – 17 May
Join expert RSPB staff to explore Castle Caldwell and see the stunning display of bluebells below the fresh green leaves in the beech woodland. Spring will be in full swing with all the migrant birds back from Africa, including willow warbler, blackcap, chiff chaff and spotted flycatcher. You will also be able to see or hear some resident breeding birds like robin, wren, dunnock, chaffinch, greenfinch and song thrush which call the forest home.
Time – 10am to noon
Price - £5 for adults/£3 for RSPB members. Children U14 go free.
A Spotted Redshank (probably the Kinnegar bird) was at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Tom Ennis).
The area around Fardross/Slieve Beagh near Fivemiletown had a Wheatear, calling Red Grouse, Cuckoo and Snipe. (Colin Bell).
Thanks to today's photographers, Tom McCreery, Dick Glasgow, Christine Cassidy, Noel Austin and Kay Wheeler.
|Dipper - Dick Glasgow.|
At Larne Lough at least 46 Whimbrel and 7 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballycarry Bridge (Stephen Foster).
The Spotted Redshank was still at Kinnegar Pool and 5 Whimbrel, a Mediterranean Gull and a White Wagtail were on Kinnegar shore, a Buzzard was overhead. (Karl Martin/David Nixon)
A Woodpecker was drumming at Peatlands Park. (James O'Neill).
A cuckoo was calling at Crockandun viewpoint, Slieve Gallion, Cookstown (Phil Higginson).
The first-year Little Gull was at Quoile Pondage and a Carrion Crow at Killyleagh harbour (Warren Fowles).
At Larne Lough 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Dunlin, 18 Whimbrel and 14 Ringed Plover were at Ballycarry Bridge (Cameron Moore).
Yesterday 2 Sandwich Tern were at Portballintrae and 2 Common Sandpiper along the River Bush (John Wilkinson).
Thanks to Karl Martin and Anne Guichard for today's pictures.
|Whimbrel - Karl Martin|
There are now 3 Little Gulls at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Irish Birding / Anne Guichard)
A Corncrake was calling in a ploughed field at Redburn in Holywood (Dot Blakely, Karl Hamilton).
Thanks to Anne Guichard, Tom McCreery and Lilian Cummings for today's pictures.
The Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper were at Kinnegar pool and the first year Little Gull was at the Belfasft Lough RSPB reserve. (Garry Armstrong).
Over 20 Swallows and House Martins returned to Crossgar over the weekend (Spencer Marshall)
Four Sanderlings, two Whimbrels, 18 Ringed Plovers and 10 Sandwich Terns were at Ballywalter this morning (James Robinson)
Cushendall, Agnew's Field had 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver. Cushendall beach had 2 Great Northern Diver and a Twite.(John McKillop).
7 Swift where at Oxford Island.(William Smiton)
Yesterday 2 Grey-bellied Brent Geese were on the beach at the stream outfall just north of Killard. (Garry Armstrong).
|Black Guillemot - Liam McCafferty|
Grey-bellied Brent Goose - Garry Armstrong
Yellow Wagtail - Tom McCreery
Robin - Mark Elliott
A male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen in Mount Stewart estate today. (R Graham).
The Green-winged Teal and the adult and juvenile Little Gulls were still off the hide at the Quoile Pondage, 2 White Wagtail and 3 Common Tern were also present. (Garry Armstrong).
A Common Sandpiper was at Newry Estuary/River this morning. (Frank Carroll).
A Peregrine and 2 Raven were at Carrickarede together with Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Guillemots. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Ballycastle harbour.(Kevin Kirkham-Brown).
A male Cuckoo and a male Crossbill were at Lough Braden, County Tyrone this morning (Richard Donaghey).
3 Glossy Ibis were at Oxford Island today. (Birdguides).
A Cuckoo was at Belleek (Fionbarr Cross).
5 Wheatear were at Colebrooke River at Upper Lough Erne (Brad Robson).
The Spotted Redshank was still at Kinnegar Pool. (Stuart McKee/Tom Ennis).
Oxford Island today had 2 Swift and 2 Common Terns. (James O'Neill).
The Spoonbill was still at Castle Espie today. (Tom Ennis).
An adult Iceland Gull was at Fanad Head in Donegal. (Wilton Farrelly).
Thanks to today's photographers, James O'Neill, Lindsay Hodges, Richard Donaghey, Christine Cassidy, Stuart McKee and Karl Martin. You can see more NI bird pictures at www.nibirdpics.blogspot.co.uk