Bird News Wednesday 7th December

The 2nd w Ring-billed gull remains at Round O, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. (Brad Robson).

2 Slavonian Grebe were in the Strangford Narrows opposite Kilclief and a Merlin was 50yds along entrance road to Kearney. (Dick Haydon).

Bird News Monday 5th December

Seven Goosanders, two males and five redheads, were at Lough Island Reavy today. A Red Kite was overhead. (David Nixon)

An immature Iceland Gull was seen at Ballygalley and subsequently at Drains Bay, Larne (Neal Warnock)

Whitehead had a morning flypast of 64 Red-throated Diver and 9 Great Northern Diver between 08.15 - 09.10, all flying into Belfast Lough (Ian Enlander)

There were five Great Northern Divers of Portstewart Head today, (Sean Hickey)

Yesterday a Chiffchaff was seen in woodland at Blacker’s Rock, Lough Neagh, Co. Tyrone. Also a male Stonechat was present in the reedbeds, which are irregular at this site. (Godfrey McRoberts)

A Red Kite was over Dundrum on Sunday morning (Cathal Ferris)

Thanks to Rod Gillan for this pic of Golden Plover at Portstewart Strand and Dessie Loughrey for the Buzzard:

Golden Plover, Rod Gillan:

Buzzard, Dessie Loughrey:

Bird News Sunday 4th December

3 adult winter Med Gulls were off the Gas Works in Strangford Lough. (Philip West/Garry Armstrong)

Yesterday a small group of Crossbills were in the Fardross area, near Clogher Co Tyrone. (Colin Bell)

The drake Smew was still at Inch Lake, Co Donegal, along with two Ruff (Brian Murphy)

We would like to pass on our condolences to the family of Norma Percival-Price who has passed away suddenly.

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for this pic of a Fieldfare:

The Ultimate Bucket List

Keith Betton (co-editor of 'Behind the Binoculars' with Mark Avery) will be giving an NIOC talk at the Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road, Belfast on Wednesday 7 December at 7.30 pm. The talk is titled 'The Ultimate Bucket List' - 20 birds to see before you die, selected by Keith from his life list of approximately 7200 birds! A life-long bird-watcher, Keith is an avid traveller and has visited around 100 countries.

Bird News Saturday 3rd December

The Great White Egret was at Lowery Bay not far from Roscor viaduct in Co. Fermanagh, see picture below. (Annette Elkin).

A Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Shivnagh in Donegal (Birdguides) and a Black Duck at Templehouse Lake in Sligo. (Seamus Feeney). 

Great White Egret Annette Elkin;

Bird News Friday 2nd December.

12 Waxwings were at the bottom of My Lady's Mile Holywood, before flying off in the direction of Sullivan School. (John Edwards)

It is now confirmed that there are indeed 2 Great White Egrets currently in Co Fermanagh , yesterday one was at Rosscor and the other near the Lough gates. (Brad Robson)

An adult Little Egret was at Mullagh River at Maghera (David Morrow).

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for this picture of a Goldcrest:

Bird News Thursday 1st December

A Slavonian Grebe was at Lough Beg today, also 25 Little Egrets and ten Ruff (David Steele)

Bird News Wednesday 30th November

Yesterday the Ring-necked Duck and 20 Whooper were at the Quoile. (Tony Donaldson).

A Chiffchaff was along the Newry Canal south of Scarva this morning, the Kingfisher was still present. (Frank Carroll).

Thanks to Tony Donaldson for the pictures of the Goldcrest and the Buzzard.

Bird News Tuesday 29th November

Maybe 2 Great White Egrets on Lower Lough Erne, one at west end and 1 at Inishmakill/Glenross Bay.(Brad Robson)

A Waxwing was at Kearney, Co Down (Dave Allen)

Another Waxwing was in a garden in Eglinton today (Jonny W)

A Ruff, 2 Little Egret, 40 Knot  and10 Bar-tail Godwits were at Whitehouse (Gerard McGeehan)

Yesterday 7 Sandwich Tern were at Portaferry (John Wilson Foster)

A Little Egret was in Orangefield Park, Belfast this morning (Rhona Galway)

A walk along the Scarva towpath to-day produced a Kingfisher a Water Rail and lots of Redwing.(Karen Elliott)

Slightly further afield... A male Smew and a Ruff where at Inch Lake Co. Donegal and 12 Long-tailed Duck all of which seem to be female type seen at Mill Bay off Inch Island. (David/Phillip McHaffie)

At Murvagh, Rossnowlagh, a drake Surf Scoter was with 1700 Common Scoter (Ralph Shepperd)

For those following the A6 Toome Road issues, an appeal is to be heard into it.

Mediterranean Gull -Garteth  Platt.

Bird News Monday 28th November

Two Chiffchaffs were feeding together at the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island. One of them is a clear ssp. collybitta but the other paler one is a Siberian Chiffchaff, ssp. tristis. A video recording which includes the call - can be seen here:  (James O'Neill)

88 Whooper Swans and two Mute Swans were at the Billy Neil Playing Fields outside comber (Stephen Maxwell and Harry Byron)

A flock of 14 Snow Buntings seen this afternoon at Skerry Hill near the Altnahinch Road, Antrim Plateau. (David Steele)

Two Little Egret were on Lower Lough Erne (Brad Robson)

A second winter Mediterranean Gull was at Glenarm (Gareth Platt)

Thanks to James for this picture of the Siberian Chiffchaff and Stephen Maxwell for the Whoopers:

Bird News Sunday 27th November

Two Chiffchaffs were at Oxford Island this morning, one pale bird resembling a Siberian Chiffchaff. But pictures confirmed that it was not Siberian but a pale Common Chiffchaff. See pictures below.  (Garry Armstrong).

The Water Pipit was looked for at the gasworks but without success (Daniel Newton et al)

Three Sandwich Tern and four Carrion Crows were at Ballyholme, Bangor (Wilton Farrelly)

The two Velvet Scoters and two Long-tailed Duck were off Glynn (Gerard McGeehan / Shirley Dunlop)

On the east side of Strangford Lough the Spoonbill was south of Anne’s Point and at Marlfield there were 5 Sandwich Tern (Richard Weyl)

There Sandwich Tern were also seen at Portaferry (Richard Weyl / John Wilson Foster).

There are now five Goosanders (an adult male and four females) along the River Main at Slaght near Ballymena. (David Steele).

Pale Common Chiffchaff at Oxford Island:


Bird News Saturday 26th November

A Water Pipit was on the  shore near the Gasworks outside Newtownards. (Julian Greenwood).

The two Velvet Scoter were still off Glyn Station, Larne Lough (Neal Warnock)

The Long-tailed Duck was still off Kinnegar (Daniel Newton)

5 Long-tail Ducks were off Fishermans Quay, Carrickfergus. Another 3 were off Greenisland (Gerard McGeehan).

An albino Jackdaw was in Magherafelt this afternoon. (Gary Cunningham).

A female Merlin was just north of Ardglass.(James O'Neill)