Bird News Friday 19th April

The first Swifts of the year have appeared with two birds at Craigavon Balancing Lakes, a Sedge Warbler and five Common Terns were also present. A Reed Warbler was back at Oxford Island. (Ed O'Hara).

The Marsh Harrier was still present on Rathlin this morning, a singing Sedge Warbler was also present. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson)

An immature male Marsh Harrier at Slieveanorra about 1030 this morning, moving south. (David Steele)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Monea, Co Fermanagh (Brad Robson).

A Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler were calling today near Tappaghan wind farm Co Tyrone. (Clive Mellon)

Another Cuckoo was at Murlough.(Philip McErlean)

The Bann Estuary had a Greenland Wheatear and a Sedge Warbler, both ringed, this morning (Richard Donaghey)

A dark-bellied Brent was with 170 pale-bellied Brent at Killough Harbour.(David Nixon)

A number of Whimbrel have been seen along various coastlines over the last few days, thanks to everyone who kindly reported them.

Rathlin Island had....Adult Pomarine Skua (Neal), Marsh Harrier still, Mediterranean Gull still, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 70+ Willow Warblers, 32 White Wagtails, 60+ Wheatears, 2 Bramblings, 6 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 2 Whimbrels, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Rook, 4 Jackdaws, 2 Canada Geese and the long-staying Scaup. (Ric Else/Hazel Watson/Neal Warnock)

Yesterday a Jack Snipe was at Paddy’s Dub, Lough Beg along with small numbers of Lapwing, Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe and Teal. (Godfrey McRoberts).

Thanks to Ed O'Hara for the pictures of the Swift and Reed Warbler and to Thomas Campbell for the pictures of the Wheatear, Rock Pipit and Buzzard:

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