Bird News Thursday 25th April

A Glossy Ibis was just to the east of Reedy Flat’s, Lough Neagh, this morning (James O’Neill).

There was no sign of the Glossy Ibis at Reedy Flats this afternoon but a drake Garganey, 25 White Wagtails and 150 Black-tailed Godwits were present. (Clive Mellon & Nigel Moore).

Rathlin today had its fourth Ring Ouzel of the spring and a singing Wood Warbler, the third year in a row that this species has turned up. There was also a Hen Harrier, 4 Whimbrel and a Twite gathering nesting material. See pictures below. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

A Common Sandpiper was at Hillsborough Lake today. (Garry Wilkinson).

On the hills at Cornavarrow (near Drumquin), there were 4 Jack Snipe, 4 Cuckoo, 5 Common Snipe, 1 Buzzard, 3 Wheatear, and 1 Red Grouse in a seven hour long bird survey across a major 12 turbine active windfarm (Ken Perry).

Thanks to Ric and Hazel for the pictures of the Wood Warbler and the Ring Ouzel, to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Great Crested Grebe, to Alastair McLean for the picture of the White Wagtail and to Kenny Moore for the picture of the Wheatear:

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