Bird News Sunday 12th April

The adult Little Gull was still at the Quoile Pondage, Co Down, from the Castle Island hide. Also a House Martin present (Keith Bennett)

The Avocet was still at Ballycarry, circa one mile north of the bridge (Caneron Moore)

The adult and juvenile Dark-bellied Brent Geese were among 640 Pale-bellied in Killough Harbour. c.1,000 Golden Plover also. (Chris Murphy)

On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough a Whooper Swan, 160 Pale-bellied Brent, 3 Sandwich Tern and a Buzzard (in flight at sea) were at Greenisland Sea Park (Gerard McGeehan)

3 Wheatear were at the near to the soon to be opened RSPB seabird centre in Rathlin. On Thursday last 59 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps and 7 Chiffchaff were singing whilst cycling around the west and north of Lower Lough Erne (Gary Prescott)

Willow Warblers and Swallows are now widely reported.

Gary Prescott, the 'Biking Birder' would like to publicly thank all whom he met on his tour in NI. Gary is cycling around every RSPB and WWT Reserve in the UK! You can see more at:

Below is a pic of the male Ring Ouzel that has been seen on the outskirts of Glenarm (Damian Clarkin) and a Willow Warblwr pic from Gary Prescott:

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