Bird News Wednesday 25th April

A Tree Pipit was on Rathlin this morning, also a Mediterranean Gull was at Rue Point and there was a good passage of Whimbrel. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

A Whitethroat was at Oxford Island. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).

A Ruff, Pintail and 8 Mediterranean Gulls were at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Gerard McGeehan).

Two Cuckoo were at Murlough this afternoon, see picture below. (Annette Elkin)

Swifts have now been reported from sites across the country.

Thanks to Ric Else for the picture of the Tree Pipit, to Annette Elkin for the picture of the Cuckoo and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Kestrel:

Bird News Tuesday 24th April

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard at Hillsborough Forest (Garry Wilkinson)

A Cuckoo was seen near Strabane (Alison McCool)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Craigagh Wood, Cushendun (James McDowell \ Hill Dick)

Thanks to Alison for this pic of the Cuckoo:

Bird News Monday 23rd April.

A Dark-bellied Brent was with 250 Pale-bellied Brent at Dundrum Inner bay. (David Nixon)

A Common Swift, 42 White Wagtails and 13 Whimbrel were at Lower Lough Erne islands RSPB Reserve (Brad Robson)

A Cuckoo was calling at Lough Fea today (Shane McGarvey)

Dark bellied Brent(right hand bird) - David Nixon

Fulmar - Angus Kennedy.

Bird News Sunday 22nd April

The drake Ring-necked Duck was still still at the Quoike. A Ruff was also present. (Wilton Farrelly / Michael Latham)

A Glaucous Gull was at Killard (David Stirling)

At Lough Beg, a Little Ringed Plover was at Paddy’s Dubh and 300+ White Wagtail were also present. (David Steele)

Yesterday a Red kite was over Annacloy at 19.30pm (Garry Wilkinson) and late news was of a Barn Owl near Crossgar on Wednesday morning (Cynthia Rice)

A Red Kite was along the Dromara Road, Dundrum (Wilf Swain)

A first year Little gull was at Cloughey Bay (Richard Weyl)

Glaucous Gull - David Stirling:

Red Kite, Wilf Swain:

Bird News Saturday 21st April

A Blue-headed Wagtail was present at Rathmore Pitch and Putt Course,Portrush For a short time this morning before being disturbed by golfers. A Short-eared Owl was being mobbed in a field on Dunseverick – Causeway coastal path. (Colin Guy).

An adult Ring-billed Gull and a possible first winter Kumliens Gull were at Kinnegar shore this morning (Daniel Newton)

Swifts are now widely reported.

12 White Wagtails and a Wheatear were around the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island this morning. (Garry Armstrong).

A Glaucous Gull was still present on Rathlin, see picture below. (John Parkinson)

30 White Wagtails and 15 Whimbrel were at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB reserve Fermanagh (Amy Burns)

Thanks to Daniel Newton for the picture of the presumed Kumliens Gull and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Kestrel, to Colin Guy for the record shot of the Blue-headed Wagtail and to John Parkinson for the picture of the Glaucous Gull:


Bird News Friday 20th April

Lower lough Erne Islands RSPB reserve Co Fermanagh this morning had 39 Whimbrel 36 Black-tailed Godwits and 9 White Wagtails. 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers were at upper lough erne (Brad Robson, Amy Burns, Sarah McCaffrey)

Unusually a Bullfinch was on Rathlin (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

Two Whimbrel were in Kinnegar shore this morning (Daniel Newton)

A Cuckoo was at Murlough Co Down.(Philip McErlean)

4 Purple Sandpiper west of Pickie and a Wheatear at Sticklands.(Derek Polley)

Cuckoo - Philip McErlean.

Bird News Thursday 19th April

A Cuckoo has been calling for the last couple of days at Ballee on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. (David Morrow)

Four Mediterranean Gulls and a Ruff were at RSPB WoW (Derek Polley)

An adult Dark-bellied Brent was with around 250 Brent in Dundrum South Inner Bay today (David Nixon)

The south end of Lough Beg this evening had a significant arrival of 250+ White Wagtails and the Green-winged Teal was seen again (David Steele)

At Belfast Harbour Reserve today were a Common Tern, 2 Ruff (both adult Males) and 2 pairs of Med Gull (Tom Ennis & Stephen Maxwell). Also present were 30 Tufted Duck (Tom Ennis)

Ballykelly today had c200 Sanderling, c100 Ringed Plover; Myroe had 16 Whooper Swan and 1 White Wagtail; Bann Estuary had 190 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Plover. (Hill Dick/Peter Robinson)

Yesterday an adult Summer Plumage Med Gull was at Victoria Park (Tom Ennis & Tony Dodds) 

Not a rarity but a very unusual sight, Brian Hegarty photographed this presumed leucistic Chaffinch:

Bird News Wednesday 18th April

A Little Gull and 2 Little Egrets were of the hide at the Quoile Pondage, good numbers of common migrants were also present. (Spencer & Joan Marshall).

A 2nd calendar year Iceland Gull was at Whiteabbey yesterday afternoon, see picture below. (Suzanne Belshaw).

5 Mediterranean Gull and a Ruff were at RSPB WoW (Gerard McGeehan)

A Cuckoo has been reported from Murlough.

The Green-winged Teal was seen again at the south end of Lough Beg this evening, also present were 6 Whimbrel (first of the spring at the Beg) and 40+ White Wagtails. (David Steele).

The drake Ring-necked Duck, 10 Common Terns and 3 Little Egret were at the Quoile, 250 Brent Geese were grazing in a field north of Portavogie and 6 Sandwich Terns were at Groomsport. (Tom Ennis, Tony Dodds & Tony Donaldson).

Iceland Gull - Suzanne Belshaw

Bird News Tuesday 17th April

A different 2CY Glaucous Gull was in Rathlin's harbour today, plus 3 Common Sandpipers, White Wagtail, & Brambling still present (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

An adult Mediterranean Gull was in Victoria Park, Belfast. (Tony Dodds)

A Cuckoo was at Clabby Mountain, Co Fermanagh this evening (Colin Bell)

Migrants arriving in Lower Lough Erne today included a Common Tern, 2 White Wagtails and a Sedge Warbler (Brad Robson)

A single Mediterranean Gull remains at Castle Espie (Derek Polley)

Yesterday a pair of Mandarin duck were in the Broughshane area yesterday (Ronald Surgenor)

Glaucous Gull - Ric Else \ Hazel Watson:

Drake Mandarin - Ronald Surgenor:

Bird News Monday 16th April.

The Ring-necked Duck and female Goosander where still present at the Quoile pondage.(David Nixon)

The south end of Lough Beg this evening had a rare inland Kittiwake, a Green-winged Teal, 22 Ruff and 20 White Wagtails (David Steele)

The Ballintoy large flock of Twites have moved to Dunseverick Harbour area (Colin Guy)

5 Brambling were on Rathlin (Ric Else / Hazel Watson)

Bird News Sunday 15th April

A moulting White-billed Diver was seen from Melmore Head, Co Donegal, looking west this evening (Robert Vaughan)

5 summer plumage Slavonian Grebes were at Greyabbey Bay south. A 1st year Iceland Gull was at Portavogie and 1st year Glaucous at Cloughy. (Garry Armstrong/ Stuart McKee)

Yesterday a Little Gull and two Manx Shearwaters were on Belfast Lough this offshore from Carrickfergus - seen from a boat (Roger Woodward)

The drake Ring-necked Duck was at the Quoile with a female Goosander also there. (Stuart McKee)

A Spotted Flycatcher and two Yellowhammer were at the back of Cairn Wood, Craigantlet (Ronald Surgenor)

A Red Kite was over Glenhead Road, Glenwherry Ballymena today (Gregory Moorehead)

8 Mediterranean Gulls and a Ruff were at RSPB WoW (Stuart McKee / Garry Armstrong).

A White Wagtail and a few Twite were at Sandy Bay, Larne (Kevin Kirkham).

An adult and a 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull were at Sandy Bay in Larne, see picture below. (Neal Warnock).

A Stock Dove, possibly the first island record was on Rathlin. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Glaucous Gull Cloghey

Mediterranean Gull - Neal Warnock

Bird News Saturday 14th April

A Common Sandpiper was on the Clanrye River at Newry Estuary this morning. (Frank Carroll)

3 Common Sandpipers were at Lower Lough Erne islands RSPB Reserve Fermanagh this morning (Brad Robson)

6 Crossbill were at Altnahinch Dam this morning (Richard Hunter)

Two White Wagtails were visible this morning from the Visitors Centre, RSPB WoW (Daniel Newton)

A 4CY Iceland Gull was at Whiteabbey (Paul McCullough).

A small flock of 10 White Wagtails were in a stubble field in Ballintoy this afternoon near the Church along the upper path leading to the Rope Bridge. (Robert Plant)

Many common migrants are now being widely reported including Blackcaps, Sedge Warblers, Wheatears, House Martins and Common Terns.

Thanks to Jonathan Clark for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull, to Paul McCullough for the picture of the Iceland Gull, to Martina Boyal for the picture of the Sparrowhawk and to Robert Plant for the picture of the White Wagtail: