Bird News Wednesday 25th November

A female Brambling was in a garden in Antrim (Mark Smyth)

A Common Scoter was at Mill Bay in Larne Lough and 3 Twite at Whitehead boat yard (Cameron Moore)

St John’s Point had a Grt Norther Diver, 12 Brent Geese grazing among c. 1,000 Common Gulls, 6 migrant Song Thrushes and a Little Egret; Rossglass to Tyrella had a Fulmar, a Grt Northern Diver in summer plumage, a Red-throated Diver, 6 Common Scoter, a Red Kite, c.200 Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Twite (Chris Murphy)

For anyone interested, an American Bittern was found in Co Cork today and it gave excellent views!

Bird News Tuesday 24th November

A male Brambling was in a garden at Monea in  Co. Fermanagh, see picture below. (Brad Robson). 

Castle Espie had a Greenshank, Redshank, Little Egret and 5 Little Grebe, and 130 Shelduck, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 45 Redshank and a Greenshank were off the Brent Hide (Toni Costello).

The Ring-billed Gull was still at Carrickfergus. (Tom Ennis/Tony Dodds).

Along the Armagh shore of Lough Neagh 50 Meadow Pipit were at Emerson's sandpit, Reedy Flat and 300 Fieldfare and 200 Redwing at Derrycrow (David Clarke).

At the Quoile at dusk around 25 to 30 whooper swans flew in to the bay in front of hide along with up to 40 Greylag Geese and a Snow Goose type hybrid. (Tony Donaldson).

Ballykelly had 35 Whooper Swan, 70 Brent Geese, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank. Myroe had 100 Whooper Swan, 200 Brent Geese, 7 Little Egret, 450 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank and 1 Twite,  Ball's Point had 2000 Golden Plover . (Peter Robinson + Coleraine RSPB Group)  

Thanks to Brad Robson for the picture of the Brambling, to Annette Elkin for the first picture of a Buzzard, to Carolyn Cubitt for the picture of the Greenfinch, to Gavin Ferguson for the picture of the Great Crested Grebes and to Tony Donaldson for the second Buzzard picture.


Bird News Monday 23rd November.

A Black Redstart was at Ballycarry bridge Co.Antrim and 2 Brambling  were visiting a garden in Whitehead.(Cameron Moore) see pics below.

Black Redstart.


Bird News Sunday 22nd November

2 Chough were in flight at Fair Head, Antrim. (Keith Bennett)

An adult winter Mediterranean Gull was at the north foreshore Belfast Lough (Stuart Mckee)

Yesterday 42 Pink-footed Geese were at Inch in Donegal (Brad Robson)

On the east side of Strangford Lough were 7 Slavonian Grebe (5 in Greyabbey Bay, 1 at Kircubbin and 1 south of Horse Island) and a Black-throated Diver in Greyabbey Bay. (Richard Weyl)

The adult Ring-billed Gull and a second winter Mediterranean Gull were at Carrickfergus (Brian Murphy)

A 2nd winter Little Gull was on the river at Ballycastle (Colin Guy)

A Chiffchaff was this morning at Derryboye, near Crossgar. There was a Snow bunting and Kestrel at Killard Point this evening (Jamea O'Neill)

A Red Kite was seen hunting beside the M1 Motorway between Moira & Lurgan (junctions 9 & 10). (Gareth D.A. Platt)

A woodcock was at A5 near Newtonstewart Co Tyrone last night. This afternoon a group of Crossbills and Golden Plover were at Clabby Mountain, co Fermanagh (Colin Bell)

Thanks to James O'Neill for this pic of the Snow Bunting and David McCormick for the Brent Goose:

Bird News Saturday 21st November

19 Whoopers flew from Greyabbey, around the south of Islandhill and up the Enler estuary. (Angus Kennedy)

2 Little Egret flew over Tesco at Portadown this afternoon (Alistair Prentice)

A male Brambling was in a garden at Richhill, Co Armagh (Andrew Poots)

100 Fieldfare were in a grass field along Ballymoney Road, Craigantlet (Leslie McKee)

It is worthwhile keeping an eye out for Little Auks along the coast. Large numbers have been seen in GB.

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Thanks to Angus Kennedy for this pic of a Black-tailed Godwit and Andrew Poots for the Brambling:

Bird News Friday 20th November

No news so far today.

Thanks to Derek Polley for the pictures of a Whooper Swan and a Snipe taken at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve earlier this week and to Suzanne Belshaw for the picture of the female Goldeneye from Stoneyford Reservoir.


Bird News Thursday 19th November

A Slavonian Grebe was at Oxford Island (Joe Devlin)

Three Glossy Ibis were in meadows just south of River Bann by M1 motorway (Birdguides)

2 Ruff where at the RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Derek Polley)

Bird News Wednesday 18th November

A female/imm Black Redstart was at Quay Lane, Killough. St John’s Point this morning had 70 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Red-throatd Divers and a Great Northern Diver (Chris Murphy)

RSPB Belfast WOW had 2 Ruff, 9 Brent, 3 Gadwall and 9 Snipe (Gerard McGeehan)

A male Crossbill was in a garden at the west end of Rathlin Island (Liam McFaul)

Bird News Tuesday 17th November.

The Ring-necked Duck was still showing at the sewage ponds at Kinnegar Co Down.(T.Ennis/A Dodds)

Bird News Monday 16th November

Around 300 Brent Geese went over Comber in formation at 5.10 this evening apparently en route to Belfast Lough. (Chris Shaw).

12 Whooper Swan were in Belfast Lough off Greenisland this afternoon. They took off & headed in Belfast direction. ( Roger Woodward).

An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the pier at Ballycastle Marina this afternoon. Late news from yesterday was 7 Pink-footed Geese flying past Brigg’s Rocks. (Colin Guy).

RSPB Belfast WOW today had 12 Brent  Geese, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe and Black-tailed Godwits, a Peregrine and 2 Whoopers (Noeni Bryars)

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for this picture of a Peregrine taken at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve.

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Bird News Sunday 15th November

2 Slavonian Grebe were still at Glynn Station - quite close in south-east of the platform. (Ian Enlander).

Today a Short-eared Owl and 3 Jack Snipe were at Portavogie. Yesterday a Mediterranean gull at Ballyqiuntin Point. (Richard Weyl).

A male Brambling was in a garden at Old Mill Heights in Culcavy. (Garry Armstrong).

A Ring-billed Gull was showing well at Carrickfergus Harbour. (Neal Warnock).

RSPB Belfast WOW had 2 Ruff, 6 Pochard, a Whooper Swan, 60 Knot and 7 Brent (Gerard McGeehan).

Around 30 Whooper Swans were close to Glynn in Larne Lough, you can see a short video of the birds at and a picture of the birds below. (Linda Thompson).

14 Sandwich Terns were at the marina in Portaferry today. (John Wilson Foster).

This afternoon a Little Gull, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Black-throated Diver were off Newcastle, a single Kestrel was at Tyrella, 2 Sandwich Terns were at St John's Point and Brent, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Curlew, Lapwing & Black-tailed Godwits were at Dundrum Inner Bay. (Kevin & Meta Kirkham Brown).

40 Whooper Swan and 160 Lapwing were in flooded fields between Bushmills and Portballintrae. 32 Linnet were nearby (John Wilkinson).

At Strangford Lough 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Oystercatcher, 700 Pale-bellied Brent, a Kestrel and Buzzard were at Greyabbey (Dot Blakely).
Below is a picture of the Culcavy Brambling and thanks to Neal Warnock for the picture of the Ring-billed Gull and to Linda Thompson for the picture of the Whooper Swans.


CBO Winter Talk this Tuesday

Bird News Saturday 14th November

Two Slavonian Grebe were off Glynn (Neal Warnock)

A male Brambling was visiting a garden in Spa, County Down (David Nixon)

St John’s Pt had a Great Northern Diver; Tyrella a Red Kite, 900 Golden Plover, 300 Sanderling; Bishopscourt: 250 Woodpigeon, 1 Stock Dove; Strangford Narrows another Great Northern Diver; Tullyhill (nr Kilclief) had 3 Whooper Swans, 4 Little Egrets, 550 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, a Merlin, 65 Ringed Plover incl a pale (leucistic) bird and 2 Sandwich Terns. Portaferry pontoon (from Strangford) had 4 Sandwich Terns; Castleward Bay had a Carrion Crow and Kingfisher: Tullyratty Great Dam had 100 Greylags and a 'Snow Goose' lookalike, a returning hybrid (Chris Murphy)

A male Brambling was in a private garden in Whitehead (Cameron Moore)

80 Whooper Swans and 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose spent the day on the barley stubble fields near Aghalee (Ralph Walker)

Thanks to David Nixon for the top pic of the Brambling and Cameron Moore for the second pic:

David Nixon:

Cameron Moore:

Bird News Friday 13th November

A Barn Owl was hunting over fields at 4.30am between Comber Road and Ravarnet village. (Garry Wilkinson)

This morning, RSPB Belfast WOW had a Whooper Swan, 3 Brent Geese, a Buzzard and 100+ Greylag Geese (Derek Polley)

A female Common Scoter was off Magheramourne yacht club in Larne Lough, and 25 Whooper Swan and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull at Glynn (Cameron Moore).

Bird News Thursday 12th November

An adult Little Gull was at Whitehead seafront (Cameron Moore)

Little Gull, Cameron Moore: