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The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was in Dundrum South Inner Bay, as were 61 Brent Geese and a few Whimbrels. (David Nixon).
At least 4 Cuckoos were calling in the Antrim hills yesterday. (Dick Glasgow).
A Cuckoo was heard calling this evening in Big Gortgole Forest, Portglenone along the river bank (possibly 2). With large numbers of swallows feeding low over the river due to heavy rain. (Peter McAllister).
A pair of Goosander was still along the River Main at Slaght near Ballymena. Mullagh at the south end of Lough Beg had 300 White Wagtail. 120 Whimbrel and a male Ring-necked x Tufted Duck resembling a Ring-necked Duck (David Steele).
7 Common Tern were at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast (Gerard McGeehan).
A Swift was at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB (Brad Robson).
15 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Stock Dove, 8 Teal, 3 Shelduck, 15 House Martin and 1 Swift were at Strand Lough, Killough. On 23/04/15 there was a Jack Snipe there. (Tim Murphy).
Corbally Reservoir, Portrush, had a 1st summer Iceland Gull; Larrybane had a Twite and 2 Wheaters; Ballintoy had 3 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Raven, and a Common Sandpiper. (Peter Robinson + Coleraine RSPB Group).
Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Jay and the Mistle Thrush
7 Whimbrel, 21 Brent Geese, 2 Greenshank, 60 Golden Plover and 45 Dunlin were in Killough Harbour. 1 drake Eider and 8 Sandwich Tern were in the outer bay.(Tim Murphy)
1 adult summer Little Gull, 1 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 40 Tufted Duck, 1 Sandwich Tern and 60 Common Tern were at the Quoile Pondage. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker could be heard drumming from the hide.(Tim Murphy)
Yesterday a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Brackagh Moss,nr Portadown.(Paul Allen) see photo below.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker - Paul Allen.|
|White Wagtail - Stephen Maxwell.|
A late Whooper Swan was on the Lagan at the weir between Moore's and Union Bridges. It had been on a field nearby but flew to the river where it was harassed by a local Mute Swan. (Eric Randall).
21 White Wagtails were at Oxford Island. (Birdguides).
A flock of Whimbrel were at Killard. (Angus Kennedy).
The first summer Mediteranean Gull was at Belfast WOW reserve (Stuart McKee)
Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Yellowhammer and the Willow Warbler and to Angus Kennedy for the pictures of the Whimbrel and Sand Martin.
A male Ring Ouzel was at Mount Stewart (Eimear Rooney).
A first-summer Mediterranean Gull was at Belfast Harbour Lagoon.(Brad Robson)
The 2 dark bellied Brent where again in Dundrum South Inner Bay along with 11Whimbrel.(David Nixon)
2 Whimbrel a Red Kite and large numbers of Sand Martin where seen at Corbet Lough, Banbridge.(David McCreedy)
Swifts were back at Botanic in Belfast (John Pyper).
A first-year Iceland Gull was at Portrush (Matthew Tickner).
Our thanks to Joe for the pics of the Ring Ouzel
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2 Swifts were at Kirkwoods playing fields in Lisburn. (Peter Casey).
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A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming at The Argory, Co Armagh and a Common Sandpiper was seen along the Blackwater river. ( Pat Flowerday).
In Fermanagh 38 White Wagtail, a Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo and numerous Sedge Warbler were at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB. Yesterday evening 2 Long-eared Owl were present (Brad Robson).
A Sandwich Tern was at Kinnegar and in south Down a Willow Warbler was at the car park at Murlough and a Cuckoo in the dune area (Tom Clarke).
A Red Kite was close to Tyrella Beach and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was in Tollymore Forest, Newcastle. (Michael Norton).
In south Down 3 Cuckoo (2 males fighting over a female) were at Murlough. 100 Pale-bellied Brent were at Dundrum Bay, another 50/60 at Killough Harbour and 50 at Ballyhornan (David Clarke).
Thanks to Michael Norton for the pictures of the Red Kite and the Great Spotted Woodpecker and to Stephen Maxwell for the pictures of the Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
The Spoonbill was still at Ann's point, Strangford Lough ca 6:30. It was in the muddy field by the road. (Keith Bennett)
Location: Crossed B66 road over my vehicle flying north to south at Cam Forest C765233 and turned west (parallel with power lines) towards Limavady being mobbed by hooded crow:
4 White Wagtail were around the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island this morning, 2 Common Tern were in Kinnegoe Bay. (Garry Armstrong).
A Red Kite was over the A1 dual carriageway at Dromore this morning. (Garry Armstrong).
A 1st winter and a 2nd winter Iceland Gull were at Ballycastle. (Colin Guy).
At Lough Beg a Great White Egret was in the bay just to the south of Church Island. 3 Garganey (2 male and a female were in the south-west corner along with 2 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, several thousand duck (mainly Mallard, Teal and Wigeon). 40/50 Black-tailed Godwit, and 2 Whimbrel. Several Blackcap, Willow Warbler and a few Redshank and Lapwing were also noted (Godfrey McRoberts).
2 Swifts were over Belfast Waterworks this evening. (Larry Toal).
A Cuckoo, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were all present at Murlough, County Down this afternoon. (Terry Jones).
The Little Gull was at Collectors bay, opposite the Castle Island hide at the Quoile. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming at the Quoile Centre across the river on a dawn chorus. At the Quoile were 3 Pintail, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. There were still good numbers of Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal present. (Derek Polley).
A Ruff was off the hide at the Barmouth. (David Hill).
Several Blackcap were at Upperlands Dam in south County Londonderry (David Morrow).
20 Swallow were at Killyleagh and House Martins back at a breeding colony (Spencer and Joan Marshall).
Yesterday Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB had a Jack Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper and a notable arrival of Blackcaps (Brad Robson).
The 1st winter Iceland Gull was still at Ballycastle Marina. A Chough was at Roonivoolin, Rathlin. . Also Willow Warblers were very numerous and at least 50 Wheatears were present on the island’s eastern area. (Colin Guy).
At Oxford Island this evening, there were 14 Swift, a Sedge Warbler, two Common Terns and 2 Common Sandpiper. (James O'Neill).
Thanks to David Hill for the pictures of the Ruff and the Goldcrest and to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Wheatear and the Linnet.
7 Whimbrel went West at Ramore Head (Derek McIntyre)
Our thanks to Margaret Adamson who found this leucistic Chaffinch at Mountstewart Co Down.
4 Wheatear were at Knocklayde in north Antrim. (Dick Glasgow).
A first summer Mediterranean Gull was at Belfast Harbour WOW Reserve. (Wilton Farrelly / Stuart McKee)
A Chough was heard on the causeway coastal path between the Giants Causeway and Dunseverick today. (Norma Wallace).
A Common Sandpiper and 3 Chiffchaff were at Sion Mills (Brian Hegarty).
Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Wheatear, Karl Martin for the picture of the Chiffchaff and Neil Cartmill for the picture of the Meadow Pipit.