Bird News Tuesday 24th May

The male Scaup was still at Ballycastle marina. (Birdguides).

A pair of Spotted Flycatchers was along the Riverside Walk, Ballynahinch this evening. (Ian Jackson).

A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Killard this evening, see picture below. (Angus Kennedy)

Thanks to today's photographers.

Short-eared Owl - Angus Kennedy

Red Grouse Slieve Donard - Edward Cooper
Reed Bunting - Tom's Pics


Bird News Sunday 22nd May

The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at the Templewater, Castel Ward, Co Down (Wilton Farrelly)

A drake Garganey was off the Castle Island Hide, Quoile Pondage (Ian Graham)

A single Brent Goose was on the shore at Killard. (Ian Graham)

A singing Garden Warbler in tree at the park in Tobermore. (Stephen Evans)

Thanks to Shona McVea for this pic of a Red Kite:

Bird News Saturday 21st May

A Green Woodpecker was heard yesterday afternoon at Castle Ward, Co Down (Craig Nash). Craig has posted details of the location here:

Yesterday the drake Scaup was still in Ballycastle Marina (Colin Guy)

A Cuckoo was calling from the east end of Dundrum Bay (Alan Godfrey). Another 2 Cuckoo were calling at Lough Fea (Shane McGarvey)

You can see more pics of local birds at

Thanks to Colin Guy for this pic of the Scaup:

Bird News Friday 20th May

A possible Corncrake was heard calling along the railway between Bushmills and the Giants Causeway late this afternoon. (Fred Bass).

Two Spotted Flycatchers were at the walled garden, Scrabo Country Park (Harry Byron)

Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Buzzard.

Bird News Thursday 19th May

Glynn had 2 adult Med Gulls, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Spotted Flycatcher on the river (Gerard McGeehan)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in flight within the Stormont estate.(Paul McCullough)

29 Knot (some in summer plumage), 50 Dunlin, 300 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Gadwall were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Dot Blakely).

Bird News Wednesday 18th May

Late news for yesterday. Seven Sanderlings in various stages of plumage were at Sandy Bay. Also two Purple Sandpiper, 30+ Dunlin, two White Wagtail and one Northern Wheatear (Gavin Ferguson)

A Night Heron was seen at Dromantine Lake, Co Down this morning. (Mary Anne MacRae) it was looked for this afternoon without success (Joe Devlin)

Unusually a drake Scaup was in Ballycastle Marina this evening (Colin Guy)

Thanks to Gavin Ferguson for this pic of the Sanderling and Linda Thompson for the Spotted Flycatcher:

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Bird News Monday 16th May

Yesterday 2 singing Reed Warblers were at Blacker’s Rock. Lough Neagh, Co. Tyrone. (Godfrey McRoberts).

Rathlin today had Whinchats, Whitethroats, Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Skua, a Corncrake heard calling around 3pm in front of Brockley Farm, and Garden Warbler heard singing from tree top near top of Kinramer Forest. (Patrick Barton & Michael Barton).

Thanks to Patrick Barton for the picture of the Whinchat and to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Black Guillemot.


Bird News Sunday 15th May

Two Great Skua were seen off Groomsport (Brian Murphy)

A flock of Knot and three Sanderling were at Kinnegar. (Stuart McKee)

RSPB WOW Reserve had 3 Med Gulls and 11 Knot (2 of which were in breeding plumage) that arrived in a small flock and stayed for about 20-30 minutes. (Tom Ennis)

Two ad summer Little Stints at Paddy's Dub this evening. (David Steele)

Thanks to Stuart McKee and Stephen Maxwell for the pics of a summer plumaged Knot:

Stuart McKee:

Stephen Maxwell:

Bird News Saturday 14th May

An adult summer plumaged Little Stint was at Paddy's Dub, Lough Beg, it was on the dried out mud with Dunlin and Ringed Plover. (David Steele)

A White-tailed Eagle was seen over Murlough Bay Co.Antrim, resembled the bird seen on Rathlin over the last few weeks, highly likely same bird (Colin Guy)

Common Terns - Christine Cassidy.

Bird News Friday 13th May

At least one of the White-billed Divers was seen off Tory Island today (Chris Ingram).

In Ballintoy this afternoon among the male Common Eider flock there was a bird that appeared to be of one of the American sub-species . It was identical in every way to the other eiders except the area of the head and nape that should have been pale green was totally rustic brown - there was the thin white line dividing the colouration on the nape / head as per our birds. (Colin Guy).see bottom pic.

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for the pictures of the Cuckoo and Whitethroat taken at Murlough and to Linda Thompson for the picture of the Spotted Flycatchers.

Bird News Thursday 12th May

3 White-billed Divers were still off the east of Tory. Also a Spotted Flycatcher & 2 Chiffchaffs. (Chris Ingram).

A summer plumaged Little Auk was seen alongside the boat on the Rathlin crossing. Rathlin itself was rather quiet but a female Whinchat ,Cuckoo, 2 Choughs and 2 Siskins were noted. Several Bottle Nosed Dolphins swam towards the boat exiting Ballycastle Harbour. (Colin Guy)

There were 7 Brent Geese at Reedy Flat today. (James O'Neill)

5 singing Garden Warblers were on an island at lower Lough Erne islands RSPB reserve, Co Fermanagh today (Brad Robson)

Thanks to Noeni Bryars for the picture of the Spotted Flycatcher.

Bird News Wednesday 11th May

Late news of a Short-eared Owl in the upper Lough Erne near Lisnaskea last Friday (Sarah McCaffrey)

3 Spotted Flycatchers were at Delamount CP (Dot Blakley)

A Long-eared Owl and two Raven were seen at Edenderry (Samuel Thomas)

A Pacific Golden Plover was seen at Inch. It was on the mud viewable from the platform (Chris Ingram) 

A piece by Mike Dilger on Copeland Puffins will be shown on The One Show on BBC1 tonight at 7.00pm today and on the BBC iPlayer shortly thereafter.

Yesterday evening a dark phase Arctic Skua was at Whitepark Bay (David Morrow)

A first summer Semipalmated Plover was this evening at Tacumshin. 

Thanks to David Hunter for this pic of Puffins on Rathlin: