Bird News Sunday 4th October

There are now 3 Richards Pipits around the football pitch on Tory. (Robert Vaughan).

A Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Swallow, 1 Kestrel and 40 Skylark were at St John's Point, with a migrant House Sparrow at the Lighthouse. 3 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe and 35 Teal were at Strand Lough. (Tim Murphy).

The 2 Great White Egrets and the Pectoral Sandpiper were still in the south west corner of Lough Beg. (Birdguides).

Thanks to Jason Bain for this pic of a Sandwich Tern at Kinnegar:

Bird News Saturday 3rd October

2 Great White Egret were at Church Islabd, Lough Beg. (Keith Bennett)

The two Richards Pipits were still around the football pitch on Tory (Robert Vaughan)

Two Snow Buntings were at Myroe this morning (Christine Cassidy and Dermot McLaughlin)

Thanks to Pauline Majury for this pic of a Wheatear and Christine Cassidy for the Snow Buntings:

Bird News Friday 2nd October

A Yellow Browed Warbler is in Portrush, at the same place as last year, opposite the Ramada Hotel (Colin Guy and Stuart McKee).

The 2 Richard's Pipits were still on Tory Island. (Birdguides).

Thanks to Colin for this picture of the Yellow Browed Warbler

Bird News Thursday 1st October

Three Snow Buntings were at Myroe, also an adult Med Gull,three Wheatear and about 200 Skylark (Stuart McKee)

Two Great White Egrets and a Pectoral Sandpiper were in the south west corner of Lough Beg (David Steele)

Two Richards Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail were on Tory Island (Chris Ingram) a Yellow-browed Warbler was also present (Robert Vaughan)

A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 Brent Goose, and 7 Little Egret were in Killough Harbour. 80 Skylark and 5 House Martin flew north, 10 Skylark and 15 Swallow flew south. (Tim Murphy)

The Ring-billed Gull was still at East Strand car park, Portrush (Christine Cassidy and Lindsay Hodges)

The Red Kite was at Antrim Boat Club again this morning (John Loughlin)

If you have any rare or scarce bird news, you can share via  twitter: @nibirds or text 07973 403146.

Thanks to Jason Bain for this pic of a Meadow Pipit and Christine Cassidy for the Ring-billed Gull:

Bird News Wednesday 30th September

An adult American Golden Plover was in Killough Harbour, along with 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 141 Curlew and 9 Little Egret. (Tim Murphy)

This morning 3 Crossbills were at Pine trees, Main Street, Tempo, Co Fermanagh (Colin Bell)

Thanks to David Hunter for this picture of a Wheatear:

Bird News Tuesday 29th September

A Red Kite was over Antrim Boat Club in Shanes Castle Estate this afternoon. No tags were seen. (John Loughlin)

A high count of 9 Buzzards were at Myroe (Christine Cassidy and Ray Brogan)

Late news for Sunday was of a very high count of 25 Little Egret at Ballycarry (Gerard McGeehan)

A Snow Bunting was at Myroe (David Hill)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was along the Lagan near Gilcrist Bridge upriver of Mary Peters track (Vernon Carter)

Thanks to Bruce Ashton for this pic of the Red Kite, Christine Cassidy for the Buzzard and David Hill for the Snow Bunting:

Jura Boat Trip

Good weather conditions are due to last until Saturday. Thursday's boat trip to Jura could be the last for this year but there are still seats left on the boat which leaves Cushendall at 9am. For this trip and also anyone interested in future winter trips to Islay please contact Jim Wells on 07856 235144

White-tailed Eagle and Red Deer, Jura Byron Davey Jones:

Bird News Monday 28th September.

Over the coarse of  the week-end Orlock Point Co.Down had a Whimbrel and 2 Great Northern Diver a Chiffchaff was at Kearney and the hybrid Ring-billled Gull remains at Millisle,  Portavogie had 2 White Wagtail.(Richard Weyl)

Bird News Sunday 27th September

3 Little Gull were off Magilligan Point (Jeff Larkin).

A Red Kite was at Killymuck on the west side of Lough Neagh (green marker on right wing and green and yellow on left (Patrick Devlin).

8 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Purple Sandpiper were at Ballywalter (Warren Fowles).

Yesterday a juvenile Stock Dove was between Moneymore and Magherafelt - the first seen there in many years. 3 Yellowhammer were also noted (Godfrey McRoberts).

The American Golden Plover was still at Inch Lake in Donegal this morning. (Birdguides).

A Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 9 Knot, 40 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 1 Merlin were at St John's Point. 5 Wigeon and 15 Skylark flew south. 7 Little Egret, 16 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 13 Greenshank, 70 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 6 Wigeon, 18 Brent Geese and 2 Carrion Crow were at Killough Harbour.(Tim Murphy).

Thanks to Alex McCooke for the picture of the Jay taken in Slieveanorra Forest, to Gareth Platt for the picture of the Common Gull which was ringed as a nestling on Big Copeland in 2011 and to David Hunter for the pictures of the Wheatear and the Kestrel.



Bird News Saturday 26th September

The Goosander was in Forty Acre Bay north of Ballycarry Bridge this morning. (Cameron Moore)

A Little Gull was on the beach at Ballycastle this morning.(Birdguides)

.A Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 8 Grey Heron, 5 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk were at St John's Point. 25 Skylark flew south.(Tim Murphy)

Our thanks to Cecil Smyth who kindly sent in these pics of a Redpoll and Kingfisher.

Bird News Friday 25th September

The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at the East Strand car park in Portrush  a 2nd-winter Little Gull and a 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull were also present. (Birdguides).

Three Sooty Shearwaters and two Great Skua past Ramore Head this morning. (Birdguides).

A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was in fields behind the Buhmill Inn in Bushmills. (Birdguides).

A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was at Portballintrae. (Birdguides).

Ballycarry Bridge at Larne Lough had the Goosander, 5 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 28 Pale-bellied Brent, 38 Teal and 25 Little Egret (Cameron Moore).

An American Golden Plover was off the Tready Hide at Inch Lake in Donegal. (Ralph Sheppard).

Thanks to Jeff Silvers for this picture of a Sparrowhawk.

Bird News Thursday 24th September

A short sea watch this evening at Ramore Head produced a close Great Shearwater flying west. Also seen were 3 Bonxies, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Arctic Terns (Colin Guy)

The Ring-billed Gull and a Little Gull were at East Strand Car Park, Portrush.

Thanks to Adam Middleton for this pic of a Wheatear:

Tory Island Accommodation

If you are considering staying on Tory Island over the next month, the Hostel may be available for birders (it normally closes in October). If you want to stay, phone: 00 353 (87) 298 7407 to make arrangements. 

Bird News Wednesday 23rd September

A Spotted Redshank, a Black Tern and 2 Ruff were at Inch Lake, Co Donegal (Chris Ingram).

An adult Ring-billed was at the East Strand in Portrush. (Birdguides).

A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was at Whiteabbey. (David Knight).

St John's Point from 8am to 8.30am had 1 adult dark phase Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gulls (ad and 2nd winter), 4 Red-throated Divers and the first obvious movement of Razorbills and Guillemots of the autumn. A Brent Goose and 100 Ringed Plovers were in Killough Harbour (Chris Murphy).

Thanks to David for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull and to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Jay.

Bird News Tuesday 22nd September

A female/juvenile Ruddy Duck was at a site in Co Derry (Jeff Larkin / David Steele)

A Green Sandpiper was at Mullagh (David Steele)

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Thanks to Mark Smyth for this pic of Ravens in Antrim:

Bird News Monday 21st September.

Lough Beg Co. L'derry  had a Pectoral Sandpiper in the south west corner, there was also 2 Garganey present.(David Steele)

The visitors centre at the RSPB Belfast WOW reserve will be CLOSED this Saturday (26th September) however the roadside hide and the lane hide will remain open.

Chough - Noel Austin.

Wheatears - Christine Cassidy.