Bird News Tuesday 18th June

A Red-necked Phalarope was briefly off the hide at the Barmouth this morning (Dennis Weir). No sign 1345-1445 (Richard Donaghey). There was still no sign of the Phalarope this evening but a Brent Goose was present. (John Spottiswood).

 A Whimbrel was at Portstewart headland. (Chris Hamilton).

An adult and juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers were visiting a garden in Banbridge. (Kevin Maguire).

A Spotted Flycatcher was along the river trail at Clare Glen. (Garry Wilkinson)

A Spotted Flycatcher was at Antrim Castle Gardens. (Jeff Silvers).

Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kevin Maguire.


Spotted Flycatcher, Jeff Silvers.



Bird News Monday 17th June

The Common Sandpiper remains at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh (Juliet Fleming)

Two Great Spotted Woodpecker were visiting a garden in Rostrevor (Catriona McLaughlin)  another was seen at a feeder at Cushendall (Paul Connolly)

Two Spotted Flycatcher were at Rowallane (Sharon Anderson)

Common Sandpiper, Juliet Fleming:



Bird News Sunday 16th June

Great Skua off Portstewart this morning (Donna & Stephen Riddell).

Great Spotted Woodpecker in a garden between Ardglass and Downpatrcik (Alex Simpson).

Common Sandpiper at Lady Bay (Garry Armstrong).

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Alex Simpson:




Bird News Saturday 15th June

A Glaucous Gull was at Portballintrae. (Jonny Rosborough).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Peatlands Park. (Bob Watts).

A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were at Belfast Lough RSPB WoW reserve. (Dot Blakeley).

A Long-eared Owl was at Castle Espie this afternoon. (Jonathan Clark).

A Reed Warbler, possibly the first record, was on Rathlin. (Ric Else, Hazel Watson)

Long-eared Owl, Jonathan Clark.



Bird News Friday 14th June

Tullyhill, Kilclief had a Whimbrel and a Sanderling (Chris Murphy)

Kearney had 11 Sanderling (Dermot Hughes)

Yesterday the Bann Estuary had a Whimbrel (John Spottiswood)

Reed Warbler, Castle Island Hide, Quoile, Chris McNally:



Bird News Thursday 13th June

Stock Dove again calling from fields immediately adjacent to David Lloyd gym car park, Dundonald (Bob Watts).

St John’s Point 0915-45: 1200 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Puffin (Chris Murphy).

Great Spotted Woodpecker male feeding 2 juveniles in garden outside Moneymore yesterday (Godfrey McRoberts).

Yesterday afternoon at Davagh Forest 9 Crossbill, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a single Cuckoo (Godfrey McRoberts).

At Belfast Lough RSPB WoW Reserve the Mediterranean Gull pair now have one chick, there are 2 pairs of Arctic Tern and a Knot whilst a presumed feral Barnacle Goose briefly dropped in (Derek Polley).

The weather will improve and there are 4 seats available for the boat trip from Bangor to the Gobbins and Muck Island this Saturday. The boat leaves at 10an. Great opportunity to see and photograph Puffins. Phone Jim Wells on-07856235144 for full details.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Godfrey McRoberts:



Bird News Wednesday 12th June

 A Stock Dove was still calling in the fields behind the David Lloyd Gym in Dundonald. (Bob Watts)

A Spotted Flycatcher was at Castle Espie with a singing Reed Warbler present in the reeds. (Nathan Gilbert). 

A flock of approximately 50 Snow Geese flew west over Ballycastle this evening. (James Robinson).

Arctic Tern, Michael Latham.




Bird News Tuesday 11th June

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was visiting a garden between Hillsborough and Moira (Juliet Fleming)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Juliet Fleming:



Bird News Monday 10th June

Little Ringed Plover still at Portmore Lough RSPB (David McCreedy).

Common Whitethroat, Terry Hanna:

Little Ringed Plover, David McCreedy:



Richard Caves:




Bird News Sunday 9th June

A Great Skua past Portstewart Head this morning. (Stephen Riddell).

The Little Ringed Plover is still at Portmore Lough RSPB reserve. (Ed O'Hara). The Marsh Harrier was seen from the hide. (Tom Garner).

Belfast Lough RSPB WoW observation room is closed today due to electrical work.

Little Ringed Plover, Michael Latham.


Ruff & Ringed Plover, Michael Latham.



Bird News Saturday 8th June

The Little Ringed Plover and Cattle Egret were at Portmore Lough RSPB this morning (Michael Latham / Mike McLaughlin). The Little Ringed Plover was still present this evening (Richard Caves)

Two Ruff were at Lady Bay (Mike McLaughlin)

A Spotted Flycatcher was at Glynn Co Antrim (David Clarke and John Pyper)

Further afield, the Yellow Crowned Night Heron is still in Belcarra, Co Mayo.

Little Ringed Plover, Michael Latham:

Cattle Egret, Portmore, Michael Latham:

Little Ringed Plover, Richard Caves:

Ruff, Richard Caves: