Bird News Monday 17th April

At Portmore Lough RSPB Reserve a male Garganey flew left of the hide and dropped down into reeds on left. (Garry Wilkinson).

On the south shore of Lough Neagh 2 White Wagtail were at the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island. At Ardmore 33 Whimbrel, a Ruff, Little Egret and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were just east of Emerson's Sandpit. (Garry Armstrong).

A Whimbrel and 3 White Wagtails were at Killard. (Angus Kennedy).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in trees between Lady Dixon Park and the neighbouring golf club. (Alan Godfrey).

A juvenile Dark-bellied Brent Goose was among 1198 Brents in Killough Harbour at noon. Also present: 1st winter Iceland Gull, 1 Little Egret, c.500 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 28 Oystercatchers, 116 Redshank, 10 Sandwich Tern and 10 Tree Sparrows, the latter in a garden on the Ropewalk (Chris Murphy).

A White Wagtail was today at a farm near Magheralin. Also 4 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff 4+ Tree Sparrow. (Bob Watts).

Two Red Kites were near Leitrim in Co. Down. (Paul Allen & Bob Carson).

A Common Sandpiper was at Stranmillis Weir, Belfast this afternoon. (Dermot Hughes)

Thanks to Angus Kennedy for the picture of the White Wagtail, to Mark Elliott for the pictures of the Jay and the Song Thrush, to Christine Beggs for the picture of the Willow Warbler and to Michael O'Dwyer for the picture of the Mistle Thrush.



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