A Red Kite flew over Banbridge town centre this morning.(Karen Elliott)
A Brambling was in a garden at Spa,Ballynahinch.(David Nixon)
A Chiffchaff was hear singing in Maghergall, Lisburn.(Tom Trouton)
A Little Gull was at Islandhill, ards peninsula this evening. (Suzanne Belshaw) see pic below (bird flying)
A Red-throated Diver was in Portballintrae Bay. (Robert Plant).
At Lough Beg today a good spring count of 36 Ruff were with 500+ Black-tailed Godwits at Paddy's Dub, also the three Little Stints present (these over-wintered at the Beg). Two Pink-footed Geese were at Mullagh. (David Steele).
A Snow Bunting was at the RSPB West Light Centre on Rathlin, a Great Skua was also there, a Hen Harrier and a Brambling were elsewhere on the island. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).
200+ Black-tailed Godwits, most in summer plumage, were at the Barmouth. (Raymond Fulton).
Thanks to Ric Else and Hazel Watson for the picture of the Snow Bunting:
A Brambling was at Oxford Island, see picture below.
A Mediterranean Gull, a Knot and a Carrion Crow were at RSPB WOW reserve. (Derek Polley).
Thanks to Derek Polley for the picture of the Knot and to Robert Plant for the picture o the Great Northern Diver:
|Knot - Derek Polley|
|Great Northern Diver - Robert Plant|
|Brambling - Oxford Island|
A distant picture by James O'Neill of probable Lesser Scaup:
A Black Redstart was seen in a private garden in Larne (Birdguides)
An adult Iceland Gull and a 2nd calendar year Glaucous Gull were at Ushet Lough on Rathlin, the first Twite and Puffin of the year were also on the island. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).
The Black-throated Diver was still at Ballygally and 9 Twite were at Sandy Bay in Larne. (Adam McClure).
15 Whooper Swan were east of Whinney Hill outside Holywood. (Richard Haydon).
Thanks to Claire Bell for the picture of the Great Spotted Woodpecker, to Ian Jackson for the picture of the Goldcrest and to Ric Else for the picture of the Glaucous Gull:
The drake Smew was still at Inch Lake, Co Donegal (Christine Cunningham)
The Great White Egret was at Paddy's Dub, Lough Beg this morning. (Chris Murphy)
A Pink-footed Goose and 2 Black-throated Diver were at Anne’s Point. Another 4 Black-throated Diver were at Kircubbin. 20 Manx Shearwater were at Burial Island. (Richard Weyl)
An adult winter plumaged Black=throated Diver was off Ballygally on the Co. Antrim coast. (Neil Warnock).
A Common Tern was reported at Whitehouse Lagoon this afternoon. (Birdguides).
The male Ring-necked Duck was at Castleward. (Birdguides).
Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Red-breasted Merganser:
2018 BTO Heronry Census in Northern Ireland
BTO have now produced a map showing 10km squares which contain at least one historical heronry site still needing survey coverage. The map can be viewed at
Please contact Ian Enlander email@example.com if you are able to help out with this important survey programme. Despite the cold weather, the first report is in of hatched heron chicks (nest with 4 young) so at least one nest survived the 'beast from the east'.
A Green Sandpiper and four male Goosanders (oddly no redheads present) along the River Main at Slaght, near Ballymena this afternoon. (David Steele)
A second first calendar year Iceland Gull was at RSPB WoW today (Daniel Newton)
An Adult Iceland Gull and a female Merlin chasing a Skylark was seen near White Rocks, Portrush (Colin Guy)
A Great Northern and a Red Throated Diver were off Portstewart Head today (Sean Hickey)
RSPB WoW had a Med Gull, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 female Scaup, 40+ Bar-tailed Godwit and a Sandwich Tern. 2 Scaup were also off Kinnegar (Derek Polley)
A Brambling was with Chaffinches at Monea, Co Fermanagh this morning (Brad Robson)
At least two Mediterranean Gulls were at RSPB WoW this afternoon. (Colin Mayes).
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was visiting a garden near Drumaness. (Monica Bailie).
The Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus. (Adam McClure).
Thanks to Colin Mayes for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull, to Adam McClure for the picture of the Ring-billed Gull and to Graham Day for the pictures of the Twite and the Treecreeper:
An Iceland Gull was on Ballycastle beach along with 4 Purple Sandpipers.(Michael Savage)
An Iceland Gull was seen around Newcastle harbour.(Leonard Charles).
The female Ring-necked Duck was still showing well in the Closet River mouth at Oxford Island, see picture below. (James O'Neill).
The Glaucous Gull was still on Rathlin this morning, see picture below. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).
A 2nd winter Iceland Gull and a Scandanavian Rock Pipit were on the shore at Carnfunnock, see pictures below. (Colin Guy).
|Female Ring-necked Duck - James O'Neill|
|Iceland Gull -Michael Savage|
|Glaucous Gull - Ric Else|
|Iceland Gull - Colin Guy|
|Scandanavian Rock Pipit - Colin Guy|
The 2cy female Hen harrier was at Reedy Flats, Lough Neagh (James O'Neill)
The drake Smew was still at Inch, Co Donegal (Christine Cunningham)
Thanks to James O'Neill for this pic of the Hen Harrier and Christine Cunningham for the Smew:
James O'Neill, Hen Harrier:
Christine Cunningham, Smew:
A 1st winter Iceland Gull was at Corbally Reservoir, Portrush. (Colin Guy).
A number of Stock Doves were in fields close to Whiterocks, Strangford Lough. (Michael Latham).
Several hundred Barnacle Geese were in fields alongside the Ardmillan Road along Strangford Lough. (Daniel Newton).
A female Ring-necked Duck was in Closet Bay, Oxford Island, also present was a leucistic Black-headed Gull which resembled an Ivory Gull. (James O'Neill).
The 1st winter Iceland Gull was still at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Daniel Newton).
Thanks to David Stirling for the picture of the Ring-billed Gull, to Michael Latham for the picture of the Stock Dove and to James O'Neill for the picture of the Ring-necked Duck:
A Brambling was visiting a garden in Mountsandel, Coleraine.(Eddie Manthrope).
Yesterday a Spotted Redshank was in the channel at Myroe (Jonny Rosborough)
Thanks to Kevin Kirkham-Brown for the picture of the Siskin:
Late news from yesterday was of a flock of 100 Twite in a stubble field between Ballintoy Church and Carrick a rede.(Colin Guy)
|Oystercatcher - William Smiton|
At Belfast Lough RSPB reserve today there were approximately 45 Bar-tailed Godwits, including one bird coming into summer plumage, a Red-breasted Merganser and 6 Mediterranean Gulls as follows: 2 birds in summer plumage (neither had complete back heads but liberally speckled white at front) had formed a pair. Very aggressive and much chasing of Black-headed Gulls from their chosen spot. A full adult with complete black head. An adult with black head except for a small spot or streak of white at the bill base. Another adult with grizzled appearance because the head was very heavily spotted and streaked white. A second winter bird with blackish mask and black spots on primaries. (Tom Ennis, Derek Polley, Stephen Maxwell, Denis Connolly & Chris Sturgeon).
A female Hen Harrier was seen in the Sperrins. (Adam McClure).
Thanks to Ian Jackson for the picture of the female Siskin, to Paul & Niall Mulvenna for the picture of the Kingfisher and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Tufted Duck:
A flock of 13 Twite were feeding at Fishermans Quay in Carrickfergus. (Adam McClure).
A pair of Common Scoter were off Kinnegar shore this morning. (Daniel Newton).
Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of a Buzzard and to Annette Elkin for the picture of the Red-breasted Merganser: