Bird News Saturday 20th April

A White Wagtail was with Pied Wagtails in Belfast Harbour Estate, 3 Wheatear, a male and two female, were also present. (Daniel Newton).

A Common Sandpiper and 7 Common Tern were at Oxford Island. (Ed O'Hara).

14 Whimbrel were at Orlock Point this afternoon. (Philip McErlean).

The female Ring Ouzel was still present today on Rathlin, and a new Stock Dove was also seen. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

2 White Wagtails and 3 Purple Sandpipers were south of Annalong harbour. (Richard Gray).

Copeland Bird Observatory today had a Ring Ouzel, 40 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 6 Wheatears, 8 Sand Martins and a House Martin. (Chris Acheson).

Tory Island had 22 White Wagtails, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Redwing, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail and a Corncrake which showed well as vegetation is still sparse, a Goldcrest and lots of cetaceans including 2 Basking Sharks. (Brad Robson).

Yesterday at least 10 Whimbrel were at Ballymacormick Point. (George Henderson).

Thanks to Neal Warnock for the pictures of the Pomarine Skua and Hen Harrier from Rathlin yesterday, to Ed O'Hara for the picture of the Common Tern, to Philip McErlean for the picture of the Whimbrel and to David Clarke for the picture of the leucistic Starling from Ballykinler:






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