Bird News Tuesday 10th December

A drake Ring-necked Duck is on the main lake at Castle Espie (Lucy Mortlock / Ross McIlrath)

3 Twite were at Fishermans Quay, Carrickfergus (Shirley Dunlop \ Gerard McGeehan)

Ring-necked Duck:








Bird News Sunday 8th December

The three red-head Smew were at Portmore Lough this morning (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop).

Rathlin today had a juvenile Iceland Gull, two Mediterranean Gulls, one with a white leg ring, and a 1st calendar year Common Gull that was ringed on the island this summer. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Two Mediterranean Gulls were on Kinnegar beach. (Gareth Platt)

Thanks to Ric Else for the pictures of the Iceland Gull and the first Mediterranean Gull and to Gareth Platt for the second Mediterranean Gull picture:




Bird News Saturday 7th December

The Water Pipit was again on the beach about 1km north of Portavogie. Also in the area were Merlin, Grey Plover and Carrion Crow. (Wilton Farrelly / Garry Armstrong)

Three red-head Smew are at Portmore Lough (Nicky Lynn / Ivan Quail)

A Velvet Scoter was about half a mile south of Newtownards Yacht Club (Wilton Farrelly / Garry Armstrong)

Seven Sandwich Tern were at Ballywalter (Garry Armstrong)

The Waxwing flock remains at Kirk Road, Ballymoney (Ann Leitch / Brian Murphy)

Three Twite  were on Rossnowlagh beach today. (Brad Robson)

A Red Kite was seen at 2pm at Kindrum, Fanad, Donegal (Martin Smith)

Water Pipit, Wilton Farrelly:

Kestrel, Fulton Somerville:



Bird News Friday 6th December

15 Waxwings are at Glebe Crescent, Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny on the left side, opposite the entrance to Thorn Road (Ralph Sheppard). They were subsequently seen at Barnhill Park, Letterkenny mid afternoon (Jamie Bliss)

A late Swallow was seen at Ballycastle this afternoon.(Michael Barton)

The Common Sandpiper was still present between the Stockbridge Rd and Orlock this afternoon.(Ian Graham)


Our thanks to Jamie Bliss who has sent in this pic of the Waxwings seen in Letterkenny.  


Bird News Thursday 5th December

A Peregrine, female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and 11 Snipe were at Belfast WOW reserve this morning. (Derek Polley).

Thanks to Derek for the picture of the Peregrine:


Bird News Wednesday 4th December

There are now six Goosanders, three male and three females, on Corbet Lough. A Red Kite was also seen. (Mike McLaughlin)

The Waxwing flock continues to show well at Kirk Road, Ballymoney (Ronald Surgenor / Brian Murphy).

A juvenile Iceland Gull was in the harbour on Rathlin today. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

The Water Pipit was still at Fanad in Donegal, see picture below. (Robert Vaughan)

Thanks to Mike McLaughlin for the pictures of the Goosanders and the Red Kite and to Robert Vaughan for the picture of the Water Pipit:




Bird News Tuesday 3rd December.

 A Smew was seen at RSPB Portmore Lough, a Hen Harrier was also present.(Philip McErlean)

A Dark-bellied Brent was with Brent at Ball's Point. 16 Pink-footed Geese were with the Whooper flock at Myroe and a Slavonian Grebe was off Ballykelly. Another Slavonian Grebe was at Faughanvale. (David Nixon/Philip McHaffie)

The Waxwings were still at Kirk Road, Ballymoney (Jonny Andrews / Donna Rainey / Christine Cassidy / Lindsay Hodges)

Female Smew, Philip McErlean:

Waxwing, Christine Cassidy:

Bird News Monday 2nd December

Corbet Lough, Co Down had 5 Goosanders, (3 Female & 2 Male) a Greenshank & a Whooper Swan (Fulton Somerville / Mike McLaughlin)

The 48 Pink-footed Geese have moved on to grass pasture west of the stubble fields at Browns Bay Road, Islandmagee - 10 Greylag were also there. 70+ Greylag with the Greenland White-front + 1 Pink-foot were on fields on the west side of Larne Lough south of 40-Acre Bay (Ian Enlander)

A presumed Siberian Chiffchaff was in a garden in Castlerock (Mervyn Guthrie)

The Water Pipit was again showing just west of the centre of Glassagh Bay, Fanad Head (Derek Brennan)

Siberian Chiffchaff, Mervyn Guthrie:

Water Pipit, Derek Brennan:

Goosanders, Mike McLaughlin:


Bird News Sunday 1st December

A Red-necked Grebe was off Rhanbuoy Park, Carrick, also a Carrion Crow there. (Jeff Larkin)

The Waxwing flock in Ballymoney continues to give excellent views (Daniel Newton)

The Water Pipit is still at Glassagh Bay, Fanad, Donegal (Theo Campbell / Chris Ingram)

A Swallow was seen at Kinnego Marina at 12:40 (Ed O'Hara \ Colm McQuillan)

Lough Beg had 650 Whooper Swans and 30 Greylag Geese (There were no birds in vicinity of the Whooper Swan Functionally Linked Land (FLL) below where Aughrim Hill used to be). The Quoile Pondage has 3 Scaup (Chris Murphy, Tony Donaldson)

Water Pipit, Wilton Farrelly:



NIOC Meeting Wednesday 4th December


Bird News Saturday 30th November

The 14 Waxwing were still present at Kirk Road, Ballymoney this morning (Richard Hunter)

A Water Pipit is at Glassagh Bay, Fanad, Co Donegal (Jamie Bliss).

2 Ruff were at Kirkiston and 5 Jack Snipe were with 40 Snipe at Portavogie on the Outer Ards. (Richard Weyl).

The Great White Egret was still at the south end of Lough Beg today, two White-fronted Geese were also present. (David Steele).

Seven Purple Sandpiper were at the high tide roost at Bangor (Derek Polley)

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for the first Waxwing picture and the Buzzard picture and to Michael Latham for the second Waxwing picture:




Bird News Friday 29th November

The flock of Waxwings was still at Kirk Road in Ballymoney this morning, see pictures below. (Richard Donaghey).

The Red-necked Grebe was again off Loughshore Park, Belfast Lough this afternoon (Stuart McKee)

This morning, Belfast Lough from Loughshore Park to Macedon Point had 28 Red-throated Diver, 1 female Long-tailed Duck and 3000+ Eider (Ian Enlander).

Three Goosander, a male and two females were at Corbet Lough outside Banbridge. (Mike McLaughlin).

A flock of approximately 150 Snow Buntings was roving widely over remote moorland at the southern end of the Garron Plateau today. (David Steele).

A single Snow Bunting was still on Slieve Gullion in Co. Armagh. (David Knight).

Rathlin today had at least three Snow Buntings, two Whooper Swans and nine White-fronted Geese. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Thanks to Richard Donaghey for the pictures of the Waxwings and to Mike McLaughlin for the picture of the Goosanders: