Birds on the lough

Ballysaggart lough "Black Lough" is one of a large number of eutrophic (nutrient rich) lakes occurring in inter-drummlin hollows in southern Northern Ireland. These form a distinctive element of natural biodiversity. Ballysaggart lough has been demonstrated to be of particular value for birds. A peak count of over 500 migratory wildfowl (19 species). These include national important numbers of Goldeneye, an incredible 120 birds, representing 1-2% of the entire Irish population. 50 Species breed in the general area and over half of the 30 priority species for Northern Ireland. As dungannon expands, the Lough will become more important and more under threat. The continued existence for the public to see this wildlife could be compromised if the area become over developed and the habitat is lost or overly disturbed.

The Red List

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List or Red Data List), created in 1963, is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species. 17 species on the Lough are listed on the red List

Getting to know the Birds on the Lough

Many birds on the Lough are resident but many more are seasonal. The Lough is an ever changing habitat with many passing through or staying the winter. With over 100 species to see throughout the year it's a perfect opportunity to get to know your Goldeneye from your Great Grebe. You'll need a good field guide, avalable from bookshops or online, a good pair of binoculars and a bit of patience. If you have a access to a good camera we'd love to see what you've spotted.

The diagram below lists the distinct parts of a bird

The morphology of a bird

  1. Beak
  2. Head
  3. Iris
  4. Pupil
  5. Mantle
  6. Lesser coverts
  7. Scapulars
  8. Median coverts
  9. Tertials
  10. Rump
  11. Primaries
  12. Vent
  13. Thigh
  14. Tibio-tarsal articulation
  15. Tarsus
  16. Feet
  17. Tibia
  18. Belly
  19. Flanks
  20. Breast
  21. Throat
  22. Wattle

some resident birds ©RSPB

Resident Birds

Always on view

The birds listed below are on the Black Lough all year round.

It's a great way to begin bird watching. You can download the fact sheet and see how many you can spot.
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