Bird News Thursday 9th April

A Red Kite is on Rathlin, viewable from the path to the RSPB centre. (George Stewart)

An Avocet is at Ballycarry. It was on the Whitehead side of the bridge (David Stirling) (The bird was showing distantly on the south side of the bridge, late afternoon - Neal Warnock)

A Ruff was at Glynn (Neal Warnock)

A Red Kite was seen near Moorfields, Ballymena (Adam McClure)

A Jack Snipe was at Ballyquintin, Co Down. (Keith Bennett)

At Lough Beg the male Ring-necked Duck was seen again at Mullagh. 2 Whimbrel (the first of the spring) were also present (David Steele)

The Red Kite was also seen at the East Light on Rathlin, with several singing Willow Warblers also present (Derek McIntyre)

A Swallow was at Armoy (Dave Allen)


At Cappanagh there were 2 Male Wheatear, a pair of Stonechat, a pair of Reed Bunting and 3 Redpoll (Ray Bennett and Brenda Campbell)

Portstewart Strand this morning had 20+ Willow Warbler (the majority singing), 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Wheatear (6 male/2 female), c30 Swallow and 15 Lesser Redpoll. Interestingly a Dunnock was at Copeland Bird Observatory on Tuesday which is a rare spring record there. (Richard Donaghey)

Thanks to David Stirling for the Avocet pics:

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