An adult Mediterranean Gull (with a white ring and black letters E742) was at Tyrella beach. Yesterday a second-winter Mediterranean Gull was at Rossglass near St John's Point and an adult Mediterranean Gull at Dargan Bay in Belfast (Chris Murphy, Tim Murphy).
The Ring-billed Gull was in the East Strand car park in Portrush, see picture below. (John Clarke).
The Marsh Harrier was showing well in front of the hide at the Quoile this afternoon, see picture below. Please be aware that due to cut backs there is not enough staff to open and close the hide at the weekends so if anyone is going there they would need to check in centre for a key. (Tony Donaldson).
RSPB Northern Ireland Members’ Day 2014
Limited spaces are still available for RSPB Northern Ireland’s Members’ Day on Saturday, 18 October at Greenmount Agricultural College.
The event will be an opportunity to meet like-minded people and to hear what the RSPB team has been working on over the past 12 months, as well as the charity’s plans for the future.
This will include updates on the refurbishment works at Belfast Harbour and the Seabird Centre on Rathlin Island.
A representative from Birdwatch Ireland will also be in attendance to provide an update on what’s happening right across the island of Ireland.
As well as hearing updates about conservation work for specific bird species, you will be able to enjoy getting close to nature during an afternoon field trip. You can choose either a guided walk around the walled garden at Greenmount, or a tour of the RSPB’s Portmore Lough reserve.
To book a place, contact RSPB NI on 028 9049 1547 before Friday, 3 October 2014. Tickets for Members’ Day are £20, which includes lunch and refreshments. You do not have to be an RSPB member in order to attend and everyone is welcome.
*Please note speakers are subject to change.
On Wed 24th the Cattle Egret was still at Hillsborough, feeding among the cattle at the Agricultural Research Institute. (Dougie Gamble)
This Merlin was seen in Co Sligo by Christine Cassidy today:
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and one heard along the Granite Trail near Newcastle harbour (Richard Gray).
A Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Ruff were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee).
A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at the bottom of Ramore Head in Portrush. (Colin Guy).
You can share rare and scarce bird news via email@example.com, twitter: @nibirds or text 07973403146.
Many thanks to Colin Guy for the first Yellow Browed Warbler picture, to Jeff Larkin for the next two Yellow Browed Warbler pictures, to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Grey Heron, to Ginny McKee for the pictures of the Red-breasted Mergansers and the Little Egret and to Stephen McMillan for the picture of the Curlew:
25 Greenshank a Whimbrel and a Knot where at Glynn and an ad Med. Gull was at Loughshore on the Antrim side of Belfast Lough.(Stuart McKee)
Late news from yesterday..A Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint,5 Ruff and 3 Greenshank where at Lough Beg. (Tim Murphy)
The adult White-rumped Sandpiper was still at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh. (Garry Armstrong)
Belfast Harbour RSPB reserve had a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Ruff (Wilton Farrelly)
A Merlin was seen off the Castle Island hide.(Chris Shaw).
Bloody Foreland in Donegal had 31 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 2Arctic Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Sabine's Gull, a large unidentified Shearwater and a Peregrine in off the sea. (Chris Ingram).
The RSPB Harbour reserve late afternoon had a little stint, adult curlew sandpiper, jack snipe & 5 snipe. (Bangor RSPB Outing)
Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Buzzard and the Kestrel, to Zach McCreery for the first picture of the White-rumped Sandpiper and Tom McCreery for the second White-rumped Sandpiper picture and to Adam Middleton for the picture of the Kingfisher.
A Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff and a Water Rail were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee, Gerard McGeehan).
The adult White-rumped Sandpiper is still present at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh this morning. (Stuart McKee)
A Green Sandpiper was at Upperlands Dam, Co Londonderry (David Morrow).
19 Snipe and a Curlew Sandpiper were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Joe Lamont).
A second-winter Little Gull and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull were at the boat compound at Whitehead (Cameron Moore).
The Bann estuary had 1 Little Stint and 131 Teal ; Ballykelly, 215 Pale-bellied Brent, 8 Greylag Geese,1 Whooper Swan, 2 Little Egret ; Myroe, 400 Golden Plover. (Hill Dick / Peter Robinson).