Turtle Dove

A Turtle Dove has been identified at a house in Doagh, Co. Antrim. The bird has been visiting the rear garden for over two weeks but has only been positively identified today.
The bird is only viewable from inside the house, the garden is surrounded by high fencing and the bird is only present intermittently.
The home owners have agreed to allow access to their home for birders to view the bird but this is strictly by prior agreement only. Please note there will be no access to the house tomorrow, Sunday.
If you wish to visit to try to see the bird please call Tom or Eleanor on 07815 699853.
The address is in Brook Meadows in Doagh.

Bird News Saturday 17th February

Yesterday 2 2nd winter Glaucous Gulls were at Garron Point on the Antrim coast. (Gavin Ferguson).

Today the 2 2nd winter Glaucous Gulls, a 1st winter Glaucous Gull and a 1st winter Iceland Gull were south of Garron Point and an adult Glaucous Gull to the north of the Point. (Stuart McKee & Garry Armstrong).

The Green-winged Teal is still at Ballymena Ecos park. (Jeff Larkin).

An Iceland Gull was at Portvogie and 2 Black -throated Divers south of Gransha Point. (Richard Weyl).

A 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was at Ushet Lake on Rathlin, 3 White-fronted Geese flew over the island. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

A Slavonian Grebe was of Macedon Point in Belfast Lough. (Michael Latham).

8 Sandwich Terns were at Portaferry this afternoon. (Ian McKee).

A 3rd Winter Glaucous Gull was near Runkerry Point. A 2nd Winter Iceland Gull was near Dunseverick Harbour. Also seen there was a large flock of Twites containing at least 60 birds. (Colin Guy).

A 2nd winter Iceland Gull was Belfast Lough RSPB reserve this morning. (Daniel Newton).

A Little Egret was in Lurgan Park. (Phil Webb).

The Glossy Ibis was still at Portmore RSPB reserve. The Great White Egret and a Hen Harrier were at Mullagh, Lough Beg. (Richard Donaghey).

As well as the Glossy Ibis the red head Smew was also still present at Potmore RSPB reserve. (Linda Thompson)

Thanks to Gavin Ferguson for the picture of the Glaucous Gull, to Phil Webb for the picture of the Little Egret to Noel Austin for the picture of the Water Rail, to Paul Mulvenna for the picture of the Dipper, to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Cormorant and to Linda Thompson for the pictures of the Glossy |Ibis and the Smew:




Bird News Friday 16th February.

A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Downshire, Carrickfergus.(G.McGeehan)

The Glossy Ibis still remains at the RSPB Portmore Lough reserve.

Bird News Thursday 15th February

A 1st winter Glaucous Gull was at Ardglass and a flock of over 30 Yellowhammers at East Down Farms Ltd. (Garry Wilkinson/ Nigel Moore).

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for the picture of the Raven taken at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve and to Nigel Moore for the pictures of the Glaucous Gull:



Bird News Wednesday 14th February

The Glossy Ibis was still at Portmore RSPB reserve. (Jim McKeown).

3 Jack Snipe were at Lower Lough Erne islands RSPB reserve. (Brad Robson).

Thanks to Noel Austin for the picture of the Water Rail:

Bird News Tuesday 13th February

Yesterday a flock of 20+ Twite were in Sandy Bay, Larne. (Jonny Rossborough)

A Red Kite was along the coastal path in Dundrum (Philip McErlean)

A white phase Gyr Falcon was seen for 20 minutes at Ballyconeely, Co Galway (per Dermot Breen)

2 Glaucous Gulls were at Garron Point, Co Antrim (Gerard McGeehan \ Shirley Dunlop)

Thanks to Philip McErlean for this pic of the Red Kite:

Golden Plover in flight, Wilf Swain:

Bird News Monday 12th February.

An ad winter and an ad. summer Med Gull were at Kinnegar shore, Macedon Point had 2 Long-tailed Ducks. (Stuart McKee)

2 Snow Buntings where at Glenarm Rowing Club. 2 Glaucous Gulls where a 1 km outside of Carnlough. (Paul Tout)

The Spoonbill remains at Anne's Point. (Graham Day)

A Bonaparte's Gull was seen at Killybegs, Co.Donegal (Rich Bonser)

Snow Bunting - Paul Tout.
Graham Day - Spoonbill

Volunteers needed.

Please find below a story on RSPB NI’s call for farmland survey volunteers in Co Down. The role gives people an excellent opportunity to further improve bird identification skills, to increase their knowledge of farmland wildlife ecology and to learn more about farming. And of course the survey work helps to let us know if birds including yellowhammers, skylarks and linnets are prospering across the county. Any coverage would be much appreciated and Colin Graham (details at the bottom) is the contact for anyone who is interested in being a volunteer. Here’s a link to a blog by one of our 217 volunteers, Alan Bates: http://bit.ly/SunriseSurveys . If you are interested please contact colin.graham@rspb.org.uk or 02890491547

Bird News Sunday 11th February

The Spoonbill is at Anne’s Point, Strangford this morning (Daniel Newton/John Moore)

An adult Med Gull was at Kinnegar Shore (Daniel Newton).

A Jack snipe was with 20 Snipe at Sheep Point, Groomsport. (Richard Weyl).

A single Twite was at Whitehead habour, see picture below. (David Stirling).

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen again at Oxford Island. (Paul Mulvenna).

Two Little Egrets were at Church Island, Lough Beg. (Colm Cunningham).

A Little Egret was at Lough Moss in Carryduff, see picture below.(Anne Thompson).

Two Carrion Crow were on the beach below the Halfway House Hotel at Ballygally on the Antrim coast. (Paul Tout).

50 plus white winged Gulls, including 15 Glaucous and a second winter Kumliens Gull were at Killybeggs (Rich Bonser)

Thanks to David Stirling for the picture of the Twite, to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Buzzard, to Anne Thompson for the picture of the Little Egret and to Paul Mulvenna for the picture of the Water Rail:


Bird News Saturday 10th February

An Iceland Gull was seen early this morning at RSPB WoW (Daniel Newton)

The Green-winged Teal is still at the Ecos Centre, Ballymena (Garry Armstrong)

The Twite flock was still at Sandy Bay Larne. (Garry Armstrong)

The Glossy Ibis was showing well at Portmore Lough (Mark Elliott). The Ibis and the red head Smew were showing this afternoon (Gerard McGeehan /Shirley Dunlop)

Two Pink-footed Geese were on Rathlin (Ric Else \ Hazel Watson)

Three Glaucous Gulls (2 1stw & a 2ndw) and an adult Iceland Gull were between Carnlough and Garron Point. Also 30+ bottlenose dolphins. (Neal Warnock)

Two Ruff were at Kirkiston (Richard Weyl)

Thanks to Wilf Swain for this pic of a Red Kite which was at Dundrum this morning:

Glossy Ibis, Mark Elliott:

Bird News Friday 9th February

Two Long-tailed Ducks were at Macedon Point, Belfast Lough (Joe Devlin)

Our thanks to John Parkinson who kindly sent in this pic. of a feeding Redwing.

Bird News Thursday 8th February

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Dromantine, Co Armagh (Neil Cartmill)

Thanks to Neil for this pic of the Great Spotted Woodpecker:

Bird News Wednesday 7th February

A Pink-footed Goose was with 12 Greylag at RSPB WoW (Gerard McGeehan).

Thanks to Terry Hanna for the picture of the Red-throated Diver, to Cecil Smyth for the picture of the Redpoll and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Red-breasted Merganser:


Bird News Tuesday 6th February

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen briefly today at Lough Shark Co Armagh. (Joe Devlin)

An adult Iceland Gull was at East Strand, Portrush (John Clarke)

A Great Northern Diver was showing well at Portrush (David Hill)

At Lough Beg, two Jack Snipe were flushed this afternoon at Church Island. There was no sign of the female Ring-necked Duck seen last week - the Tufted Duck flock it was with seems to have moved on. The Great White Egret was still present on Sunday (David Steele)

A mixed flock of 60+ Whooper and 30+ Greylag were in a field near Craigantlet (Stephen Maxwell)

Thanks to John Clarke for this pic of the Portrush Iceland Gull and David Hill for the Great Northern Diver: