It is definitely feeling a lot more like spring at the reserve. Common terns are starting to come back now and can be seen swooping around the island, sedge warblers are singing and small tortoiseshell and green-veined white butterflies are on the wing.

There has been plenty to see over the past few weeks here at Strathbeg. We have had three spoonbill on reserve over the past few days and a green winged teal showing well from Dunbar hide. Also, Little Gull have been seen regularly loafing around the island on Starnafin pools.


Little gull - Photo: Kat Suchecka


Other birds of interest that have been seen are:

  • Great White Egret

  • Little Egret

  • Little Ringed Plover
  •  Ringed plover

  • Black-tailed Godwit

  • Dunlin

  • Swallows

  • House Martin

  • Peregrine



Kat Suchecka

Assistant Warden