Bird News Friday 3rd July

The adult Franklin's Gull was seen at Lough Beg yesterday, not showing particularly well and in the second bay south of Church Island (Richard Gray, Garry Wilkinson)

An Osprey was briefly over the duck pond on the Ballygowan road near Comber before flying off towards Strangford Lough. Two broods of Tree Sparrows are being fed on a garden bird table at Aghnaleck, near Lisburn. (Garry Wilkinson).

There are two seats available on the boat trip around Rathlin which leaves Ballycastle at one pm tomorrow (Saturday ). Tickets for the 3 hour trip are £30 per person. If of interest, please phone Jim Wells on 07856235144.

Bird News Thursday 2nd July.

4 Greenshank where at Killough harbour.(Tim Murphy)

Thirteen of the brood of 19 young Shelducks that hatched in Killough Harbour on 8 June survive to date.10 Greenshanks, 20 Redshanks and 15 Curlew also in Killough Hbr.(Chris Murphy)

A late report of a female Ring-necked Duck seen on the 30th June at RSPB Portmore Lough reserve.(Tim Murphy).

Last night 3 Cuckoo where at Llendrum windfarm, nr Fivemiletown.(Colin Bell).

Sedge Warbler - Jason  Bain.

Black Guillemot - Ginny McKee.

Bird News Wednesday 1st July

5 Greenshank were at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB. (Brad Robson).

You can see Gerry O'Neill's video of the Lough Beg Franklin's Gull here :

Thanks to Jason Bain for the pictures of the Buzzard and the Sedge Warbler.

Bird News Tuesday 30th June

A Garden Warbler was singing at Tully Castle in Co. Fermanagh. (Brad Robson).

Thanks to Gerry O'Neill for the picture of the Franklin's Gull, to Ginny McKee for the picture of the Spotted Flycatcher and to Stephen Maxwell for the picture of the Sedge Warbler.

Bird News Monday 29th June.

The Franklin's Gull was still present at Church Bay, Lough Beg.(Frank Carroll)

3 Ruff where at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Derek Polley) Also at the reserve a Roseate Tern, 2nd summer Med.Gull  a Greenshank and a Widgeon.(Stuart McKee)

Bird News Sunday 28th June

A 2nd Summer Mediteranean Gull and a Roseatte Tern were off Glynn this morning (Mark Brown)

The Franklins Gull and six Whooper Swans were at Church Bay, Lough Beg (Philip West)

The 2nd summer Iceland Gull was at  Glenarm today (therefore the Ballycastle bird yesterday was a new bird) (Colin Guy)

Thanks to Bill Guiller for this Peregrine pic, Marc Killops for the Reed Warbler taken at Oxford Island and Stuart McKee for the Franklins Gull:

Peregrine, Bill Guiller:

Reed Warbler, Mark Killops:

Franklins Gull, Stuart McKee:

Bird News Saturday 27th June

The adult Franklin's Gull was still in Church Bay, Lough Beg (Garry Armstrong)

A 2nd summer Iceland Gull was seen flying and briefly landing at Marconi’s outfall at Ballycastle (Colin Guy)

Yesterday 14 Whimbrel flew south past Annalong (Richard Gray), a Whooper Swan was along the Lagan in Lisburn bear the Island Centre (Vernon Carter) and a Red Kite was at Jordanstown (Ken Reid).
Sedge Warbler - Stephen Maxwell.

Peregrine - Mark Elliott.

Bird News Friday 26th June

The adult summer Franklin's Gull was still at Church Bay at Lough Beg (Tony O'Mahony, George Gordon). The Great White Egret was also seen and yesterday a first-summer Little Gull was at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh (Tony O'Mahony).

The Mediterranean Gull was still at Belfast WOW RSPB reserve. (Derek Polley).

The 1st summer Iceland Gull was still at Glenarm. (Gareth Platt).

A Water Rail and chick were calling by the dead tree on the towpath near Scarva. (Karen Elliott)

boat birding trip will operate tomorrow evening from Cushendall to Fair Head. It leaves Cushendall Boat Club at 6pm. Seats are £15 each. Please give Jim Wells a call on 07856235144 if interested.

Thanks to Gareth Platt for the picture of the Iceland Gull and to Derek Polley for the pictures of the Mediterranean Gull and the Redpoll.


Bird News Thursday 25th June

At Lough Beg the adult summer Franklin's Gull was still at Church Bay (Tony Amani, Joe Lamont)

Yesterday a Greenshank was at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB (Brad Robson)

Yesterday a first summer Iceland Gull was at Glenarm (Gareth Platt)

A second summer Mediteranean Gull was at RSPB Belfast WOW (Derek Polley)

Thanks to Gareth Platt for this pic of the Iceland Gull:

Bird News Wednesday 24th June

The Franklins Gull was still at Church Bay, Lough Beg this afternoon between 1pm and 3pm (Jim Bowman and Denis Carty)

Thanks to Jennifer Martin for this pic of a Black Guillemot on Donaghadee Pier:

Bird News Tuesday 23rd June

The adult Franklin's Gull and Great White Egret are still in Church Bay at Lough Beg. (Billy Miskelly) the Franklins Gull was still present at 4pm (Gerard McGeehan).

A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was feeding young male at  Windmill Road Aghnaleck near Lisburn. It seems to have bred in a garden off Upper Ballynahinch Road, Agnaleck. (Garry Wilkinson).

A Corncrake has been calling at regular intervals from a field at Articlave near Castlerock for a week. (Patrick Barton).

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Spotted Flycatcher and to Stephen Maxwell for the Buzzard picture:


Bird News Monday 22nd June

An adult summer plumaged Franklin's Gull was on rocks at Church Bay, Lough Beg, an adult Roseate Tern was also present. (David Steele). The Franklins Gull was still present until 5:45pm (Richard Hunter) see pics below Bird still present at 19.45

A Great White Egret was at church bay Lough Beg this afternoon. (Richard Hunter)

A second summer Med Gull was at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Tony Dodds) see photo below

The second summer Little Gull still showing at Dundrum Inner bay this evening.(David Nixon)

Franklin's Gull - David Steele.

Franklin's Gull - David Steele.


Med Gull - Stephen Maxwell.

Bird News Sunday 21st June

The Little Gull was seen again at Dundrum and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at Tollymore Forest Park (Brian Murphy)

An Osprey was at Slieve Foye Wood, Carlingford, Co Louth (Joe Devlin)

Thanks to John Havord for the pic of the Bizzard taken near Dungiven:

Bird News Saturday 20th June

A first year Little Gull was at Dundrum South Inner Bay this afternoon before flying off towards Newcastle. (David Nixon)

4 Crossbill  at crocknagrally trail nr  Fivemiletown this morning (Colin Bell)

An adult Med Gull and 2 Spotted Flycatcher were at Glynn (Gerard McGeehan)

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker were in the woods below Silent Valley Dam (Richard Gray)

An immature Great Northern Diver flew south past Brigg’s Rocks today. A Whimbrel and 6 Turnstone were on the shore. A summer plumaged Sanderling was at Sandy Bay, Larne (Colin Guy)

Two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers were in a garden at Armoy (Chris Easton)

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Thanks to David Nixon for the pic of the Little Gull and Chris Easton for the Spotted Flycatcher: