Bird News Tuesday 7th April

A Green Sandpiper was in a ditch off the Aughnaskeagh Road a little east of Waringsford, Co Down, yesterday morning. (Ron Price)

Swallows continue to be reported. One was at Ballinderry (Tom Trouton)

Willow Warblers are also now being reported in bigger numbers. One was on the Comber Greenway, Dundonald (Harry Byron) and others were at Craigavon Balancing Lakes, Lower Lough Erne and Enniskillen.

A White Wagtail was at Drumfad Bay today. (Richard Weyl)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was again drumming in the woods across and west of the Quoile Centre this morning. 9 Sand Martin were in at Ballyhornan Bay. (Dougie Gamble)

A Grey Plover in summer plumage was at the Bann estuary this afternoon. (John Clarke)

A Red Kite was over the houses at Scarva Street in Banbridge (Fulton Somerville)

The Connswater in Belfast near the footbridge to Victoria Park had 27 Black-tailed Godwit (many in summer plumage) and a Common Sandpiper (John Pyper)

A Barn Owl flew across the road at Kilroot at 9.45pm this evening. (Robert McDowell)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming in Tollymore forest park,l (Norma Wallace)

Briggs Rocks had a  first year Mediterranean gull. Also in the general area were 4 Wheatears and 5 Swallows (Colin Guy)

One of the Black-headed Gulls ringed by Adam McClure in Antrim has turned up in Ruga, Latvia. You can read more at:

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Thanks to David Hunter for this pic of a female Stonechat and Dick Glasgow for the Sand Martin:

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