Bird News Friday 25th March

Two Sand Martin were feeding along the Lower Bann at the Loughan, Coleraine, this afternoon (Richard Donaghey)

3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adult, 1 second year), a Scaup, 4 Ruff and 2 Pintail were at Belfast RSPB WOW (Gerard McGeehan/Karl Martin)

2 House Martins were at Marblehill in Donegal (Denis Chambers).

A 1st winter Glaucous Gull was at Ballyquintin Farm-Ballyquintin Point, along with 70 Brent geese, 10 Herring gull, 5 Turnstone, 2 Curlew and 2 Shelduck.

An escaped Ruddy Shelduck was at Antrim Marina. (Chris Smith).

A sub-adult Little Gull was at Millisle. Although far from ideal conditions at least 12 Slavonian Grebe were at Greyabbey Bay South. 2 adult Mediterranean Gull were displaying at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Tom Ennis, Tony Donaldson).

A Sand Martin was at Katesbridge. Also a singing Blackcap was in Portadown this morning.(James O'Neill).

Three Twite were at Glenarm, County Antrim including a colour-ringed bird which was ringed at Machrihanish Bird Observatory in Scotland. (Neal Warnock) 

Thanks to Karl Martin for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull at Belfast RSPB reserve, to Neal Warnock for the picture of the Twite and to Bill Guiller for the picture of the Red Kite.


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