Bird News Thursday 20th April

A 1st winter Little Gull and a Whimbrel were at Kinnegar Shore (Robin Vage)

A Common Tern and 2 Med Gulls were at RSPB WOW (Derek Polley)

2 Wheatear 2 Common Sandpipers were at Portmuck (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop)

The Quoile Pondage had a Ruff coming into summer plumage and a Common Tern. The juvenile Dark-bellied Brent was still at Killough Harbour and 2 Whimbrel were at St John's Point. (David Nixon/Philip McHaffie)

Eleven Little Egrets were in Dundrum Inner Bay this morning. Also two Red-throated Divers off the old swimming pool at Newcastle. (Robert Scott)

Rathlin today had the 3y Iceland Gull with some wader passage happening now eg 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 8 Whimbrels, 1 Golden Plover and 6 Dunlins. Also 30+ Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 15+ Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 1 Siskin, 25 Wheatears, 10 White Wagtails and 3 feral Canada Geese. (Ric Else and Hazel Watson)

A Cuckoo was calling at Lough Fea (Shane McGarvey)

22 Whimbrel were on the shore today at Kearny Co Down (Marty McClenaghan)

An Iceland Gull was seen today at Killard (Dave Stirling)

Thanks to Wilf Swain for this pic of a Little Egret:

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