Bird News Friday 5th February

A Sandwich Tern was at Donaghadee this morning (Robert Scott)

Yesterday's diver flypast at Whitehead consisted of 72 REd-throated Divers and 9 Great Northern Divers (Ian Enlander)

One of the Red Kite was hunting near the side of the M1 close to Moira at mid day today, close to the river Lagan (Seamus Burns)

A female Otter with two cubs was seen near Downpatrick. (Gayle and Garry Wilkinson)

Bird News Thursday 4th February

Two Chiffchaff were in the wooded area beside the pumping station at Kinnegar, Belfast Lough. (John Edwards)

The Black Redstart was still at Newcastle Harbour. (James Rankin)

An Iceland Gull was at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Birdguides)

A Pink-footed Goose and Greenland White-fronted Goose were at Larne Lough. 18 Twite were at the boat yard at Whitehead. Also at Whitehead was a Black-headed Gull with a green ring J896 (Cameron Moore, Joe Lamont).

Yesterday a first winter Little Gull was at Rathmullan along with two Iceland Gulls (David McIlveen)see pic below

Thanks to David for this pic of the Little Gull: Also to Jason Bain for the Twite. The third  pic is of a Greenland White-fronted Goose (bird in foreground) and the fourth of a Pink-footed Goose both sent in by Cameron Moore. Bottom photo is a flock of Golden Plover sent in by Linda Thompson.

Bird News Tuesday 2nd February

The Black Redstart was at Newcastle harbour today. (Annette Elkin)

Thanks to Annette for this pic of the Black Redstart:

Bird News Monday 1st February

3 male Goosander were near Moorfields and an Iceland Gull at Antrim Marina (Adam McClure)

4 Little Egret were perched on a tree at Toomebridge on the River Bann, Co Antrim (Tony Mc Cormick).

A Little Egret has spent the last week in a field on the Caledon Road, Armagh. (Jim Wells).

A Greenshank and 16 Grey Plover were off the Brent Hide at Castle Espie (Toni Costello)

An Iceland Gull was at Kilkeel Harbour (Tony Dodds, John Edwards)

Two first winter Iceland Gull were at Rathmullan, Co Donegal (David McIlveen)

Below is one of the Twite from Whitehead and a pic of the Rathmullan Iceland Gull from David McIlveen:


Bird News Sunday 31st January

On Strangford Lough between Gransha Point and Marlfield there were 22 Great-Northern Diver and 2 Black-throated Diver south of Gransha Point.  An adult Little Gull was at Marlfield. (Richard Weyl)

A flock of 30+Twite were giving excellent views in the car park at Whitehead the flock seem to be staying around the boat yard. (Garry Armstrong/Phillip West)

A Great Skua was on the water between Donaghadee lighthouse and the marina. Also in the area were 4 Red-throated Diver and 37 Pale-bellied Brent (Terry Paton).

Up to 5 Little Egret have been at fields at Killowen, Rostrevor (Sylvia Blue)

Thanks to Lindsay Hodges for this pic of a Dipper:

Martin Garner

Unfortunately we are saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Garner. A short tribute to Martin is at:

Bird News Saturday 30th January

The Spoonbill was at Anne's Point near Mount Stewart and the hybrid Ring-billed Gull at Millisle (Wilton Farrelly)

An adult Med Gull was at Kinnegar shore (Stuart McKee)

The Black Redstart was seen again today at Newcastle harbour (Wallis Jefferson)

The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was still at Whitehouse this morning (Brian Murphy)

A Ruff was in Groomsport Harbour. (Wilton Farrelly)

The Ring-billed Gull is still at the East Strand car park in Portrush. (Gareth D.A. Platt)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in a garden in Bleary (Stephen Foster)

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for this pic of a Tree Sparrow from Inishowen, Donegal and to Gareth Platt for the Ring-billed Gull:

Bird News Friday 29th January

A Brambling was visiting a garden in Spa, Co Down. (David Nixon).

A Carrion Crow and the Ring-billed Gull were at Carrickfergus harbour. (Paul McCullough).

A second year Mediterranean Gull was at Sandy Bay in Larne and a Herring Gull with a yellow ring, 3T:W, was at Whitehead. (Cameron Moore).

5 Little Egret were at Castle Espie and 500 Knot, 100 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Oystercatcher and 250 Shelduck off the Brent hide (Toni Costello).

An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Cove Bay in Groomsport (George Gordon).

Yesterday a Sandwich Tern was at Sandeel Bay, Groomsport. (Geoff Jones).

Thanks to David Nixon for the picture of the Brambling and to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Mediterranean Gull and the ringed Herring Gull:



Bird News Thursday 28th January.

A Brambling is still visiting a garden in Gilnahirk, Belfast.(Ron Price)

A male Merlin was hunting 200 Lapwing and 40 Dunlin at Cockle Island in Groomsport (George Gordon).

A single Whooper Swan was 500 yards down the towpath from the Island Centre Lisburn towards Belfast. (Garry Wilkinson)

The Great White Egret was looked for at Caledon. It was not seen but a Little Egret was in the area (Adam McClure)

Bird News Wednesday 27th January

The Great White Egret was still in flooded fields by the Blackwater bridge near Caledon, Co. Armagh. (Clifford Sharpe).

Yesterday the 1st winter Kumlien's Gull was at Sandy Bay in Larne. (Gavin Ferguson).

A leucistic Black-tailed Godwit was at RSPB Belfast WOW reserve (Gerard McGeehan).

A Great Skua was at Ballymacormick Point this afternoon, see pictures below. (Lesley Crawshaw) 

Two female Bramblings were in a garden in Antrim (Mark Smyth)

Thanks to Gavin Ferguson for the pictures of the Kumlien's Gull and to Lesley Crawshaw for the pictures of the Great Skua .



Bird News Tuesday 26th January

Yesterday an adult Mediterranean Gull was at Donaghadee, a first-winter Little Gull at Copeland Sound, 3 Whimbrel between Groomsport and Orlock and 2,000 Kittiwake at Copeland (Stephen Foster).

An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Kinnegar shore and a Peregrine at the Harbour Lagoon (Anthony Dodds).

Bird News Monday 25th January

A Great White Egret was in flooded fields below the bridge at Caledon, Co Tyrone (Irish Birding)

A Barn Owl was on the Moy to Portadown Road, near Scotch Street at 11pm last night (Dennis Lavery)

Yesterday 24 Pintail were at Portmore Lough and 2 Red Kites are seen regularly now round Moria, commonly from the M1. (Deb and Ralph Wooderson)

Also reported yesterday was the female Smew still present on Drumgay lough, Co Ferm. (Mark Stewart)

Bird News Sunday 24th January

Ardglass harbour, Down still had a 1st winter Iceland Gull (Keith Bennett)

The Glossy Ibis was still at Toome, just to the west of the bridge. (Seamus Burns)

The Black Redstart was still at Newcastle Harbour (Christine Cassidy & Lindsay Hodges)

Ballycarry had a juvenile Greenland Whitefront and a Pink-footed Goose. The Iceland Gull was still at Whitehouse (Wilton Farrelly)

A Black Redstart was at Belfast Harbour estate this afternoon - on Heron Road inside the storage tank compound almost opposite the brick pumping house (no. 28). 100+ Goldfinch also present in that area. (Ian Enlander)

16 Sandwich Terns were at the Portaferry marina. This I suspect is the entirety of the wintering population in the area and equals my highest tally in winter. (John Wilson Foster)

A 2nd winter Little Gull was at Quintin Bay and 2 Stock Dove on the shore at Ballyquintin Point (Richard Weyl)

An Iceland Gull was at Dargan at 4pm and 4 Grey Plover were seen at Castle Espie (Gerard McGeehan)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming at Malone Golf Course in Belfast (Sam Thomas)

2 Great Northern Diver were at Ballyholme Bay (George Henderson)

The male and female Bramblings were still coming to a garden in Antrim and there were aloso over 200 Goldfinch (Mark Smyth)

A garden in Carnalea, Bangor had a pair of Brambling and 4 Tree Sparrows (Derek Polley)

Iceland Gull, Whitehouse:

Glossy Ibis, Toome, Wilton Farrelly:

Purple Sandpiper, Newcastle, Christine Cassidy:

Bird News Saturday 23rd January

The Iceland Gull was again today at Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough (Paul McCullough)

On the east shore of  Strangford Lough the Spoonbill was at Anne’s Point, an adult Little Gull at Marlfield, a Jack Snipe at Ballyhenry Island and 11 Sandwich Tern at Portaferry. (Richard Weyl)

A single Greenshank was this morning in the pool at the end of the Connswater river (Julian Greenwood)

The redhead Smew was at Drumgay Lough, Enniskillen (Brad Robson)

The drake Smew was at Inch Lake, Co Donegal (Chris Ingram)

11 Ruff were in a flooded field at the Creagh near Toome (David Steele)

Thanks to Paul McCullough for this pic of the Iceland Gull and Annette Elkin for the Purple Sandpiper: