At Lough Beg a Pectoral Sandpiper was with 58 Ringed Plover, a Sanderling, Grey Plover, Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel at Paddy's Dub. 5 Shoveler were at the Beg itself (Godfrey McRoberts).
A Common Sandpiper was on the Clanrye river, Newry.(Frank Carroll)
2 Whooper Swan where on Lough Neagh at Cranfield nr Randalstown.(Linda Thompson)
|Whooper Swans - Lynda Thompson.|
|Sedge Warbler - Stephen Maxwell.|
Also at Lough Beg a Tundra Bean Goose was with a Pink-foot and 15 Greylag Geese at Mullagh Point. (David Steele).
A Red-necked Phalarope was at Belfast Lough WOW RSPB Reserve. (Ivan Quail / Gerard McGeehan).
Thanks to David Steele for the pictures of the White-rumped Sandpiper and the Tundra Bean Goose and to Christine Cunningham for the pictures of the Swift and the Dunnock.
Tomorrow is the final day-trip opportunity to experience the island in its full spring glory.
The trip departs from the pier-side at Donaghadee at 10.30 am.
The trip includes an island tour, a look at some of the habitat and bird-ringing activities carried out by the observatory, and some free time to wander, bird-watch, or just loaf around! There is a good chance of seeing Manx Shearwater, Arctic Tern, Black Guillemot and Puffin (there were up to 40 present last week-end). Check out our Facebook page for images of recent trips.
The return boat will leave the island at 4.30 pm with docking at Donaghadee around 5 pm.
Visitors will need to bring a packed lunch, suitable waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Price is £15 adults, £10 under 18s.
There are a few spaces left and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
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A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Paddy's Dub, Lough Beg (David Steele).
14 Wheatear and 2 male Whitethroat were at St Jonh's Point. (Tim Murphy).
A Common Crane was reported flying north over Carlingford Lough today so worth looking out for. (Birdguides).
Thanks to Jane McLaughlin for the picture of the Gannet taken just off shore at Waterfoot, to Thom Shannon for the picture of the Spotted Flycatcher taken in his driveway and to Jason Bain for the picture of the Cuckoo from Capanagh.
A Corncrake was heard calling at the New Lake Dunfanaghy Co Donegal.(Christine Cunningham)
Last night 2 Cuckoo where at Capanagh.(Suzanne Belshaw)
|Chiffchaff - Greg McCreedy.|
2 1st summer Little Gulls were at Glynn Station this morning. (Neal Warnock)
An Osprey was at Dunree Fort,Innisowen penisula Co Donegal this afternoon (Lindsay Hodges, Dermot McLaughlin, Christine Cassidy and Andrea Mitchell)
The visitor centre isn’t quite finished but this interim arrangement will at least allow visitors to see the seabirds. As there will be no access to the West Light (apart from the toilets) they won’t be charging an entrance fee.
A Glaucous Gull was at the Roe Estuary NNR on the 21st & 22nd May, 2 Whooper Swan were also present on both days. A Cuckoo was close to Loughermore Forest on 20th May; another Cuckoo was at Tartnakelly townland nr Limavady on the 20th May, and one was close to Banagher Forest on the 21st. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Banagher Glen NNR on 21st May. (Joe Furphy).
A 1st summer Red-throated Diver was at Farland Bank, Inch, Co. Donegal this morning. (David Hill).
At Lough Beg a Wood Sandpiper was at Paddy's Dub and a male Ruff in the south-west corner (David Steele).
Thanks to James O'Neill for the picture of the Swift, David Hill for the picture of the Red-throated Diver, Stuart McKee for the picture of the Little Tern, Dick Glasgow for the picture of the young Rook from his garden and David Hunter for the picture of the Sandwich Terns.
A Gannet was at Lower Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh this morning. Originally seen near Ferny Island it flew down to Devenish and remained close to the public jetty in the afternoon. This is the third county record. The first was picked up injured in a field in Upper Lough Erne in the 1980s then Fionnbarr Cross and Peter Taylor found the second county record also at Devenish Island on 8th October 2013. See pictures below. (Fionnbarr Cross/Brad Robson).
A Yellowhammer was at the beginning of the lane leading to the Giant’s Ring (just off the Ballynahatty road) in Belfast this morning. (Andrew Frazer).
The Curlew Sandpiper was still at Carrickfergus, see picture below. (Cameron Moore).
Thanks to Brad Robson for the pictures of the Gannet, Cameron Moore for the picture of the Curlew Sandpiper, to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Merlin and to Eric Phillips for the picture of the Bullfinch.
|Marsh Harrier - Gerard McLaughlin.|
St John’s Point: 20 Arctic Terns, 10 Common Terns and 10 Sandwich Terns feeding offshore; 7 Swallows coming off the sea appeared to be late arriving migrants. 5 Wheatear where on Ardglass golf course this evening. (Chris Murphy)
|Curlew Sandpiper - Cameron Moore.|
|Ravens - Stephen Maxwell.|
A very easy and relaxed survey to complete, the primary aim of this year’s survey is to estimate the current UK population, using a method that is repeatable so that we can measure future changes in population size. We will also be trying to fill the gaps in our current knowledge about House Martin breeding ecology and to find out if it varies geographically. The survey builds on a small-scale study of House Martins carried out between 2009 and 2013.
It is based on randomly selected 1-km squares, which will be used to produce robust population estimates. We anticipate that there will be an additional survey in 2016, which will involve regular observation of nests over the course of the breeding season, recording details of the timing of nest activity and breeding success.
First visits should be made from 1st June and visits can be made at any time of day (apart from the first and last hours of daylight when birds may be roosting).
If you would like to get involved, please visit http://blx1.bto.org/housemartins/squares to request a square or for more information, visit http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/house-martin-survey/house-martin-survey-2015/faq
|House Martins taking a break from nest building. Photograph by Doug Welch|