Bird News Monday 31st August

An immature Pied Flycatcher was at the lighthouse at St John's Point (Billy Miskelly).

Two juvenile Merlin were on Divis (Belfast Hills) early this morning. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon  was over Wolfe Hill (Larry Toal).

4 Adult and one juvenile Roseate Tern were on the small tern island at RSPB Belfast WOW reserve (Stuart McKee) earlier it had 2 Ruff and 6 Knot. Also 8 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank were at Kinnegar (Gerard McGeehan)

Whimbrel - David Hunter.

Bird News Sunday 30th August

11 Ruff were at Tullyhill on Strangford Lough today (Chris Henry)

Two Arctic Skua were of Grey Point, Belfast Lough (Richard Woods)

The Ring-billed Gull was still at The Bann Estuary, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 8 Brent Geese were at Myroe and 2 Red-throated Divers and a Swift were at Magilligan Point. (Jeff Larkin)

A Ruff was on the shore at Portballintrae - unusual for that location (Colin Guy)

A Ruff was at Ballyquintin Point (Wilton Farrelly)

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Thanks to Colin Guy for this pic of a Knot at Ballintoy:

Bird News Saturday 29th August

A Garganey was in front of the hide plus 17 Ruff at Inch lough and 4 Ruff at Blanketnook, Lough Swilly, Co Donegal. (Brad Robson).

2 Roseate Terns, 2 Puffins, a Bonxie and a Common Scoter past St John's Point between 8 and 10 this morning. (Garry Armstrong).

A Ring-billed Gull and 13 Ruff were at the Bann estuary. (Irish Birding).

An adult Little Gull was with Black-headed Gulls on the school roof at East Strand, Portrush. (Colin Guy).

Bird News Friday 28th August.

No fresh news so far to-day.

One of the Red Kites seen yesterday at Leitrim nr. Castlewellan, this photo was  kindly sent in by Paul Allen

Bird News Thursday 27th August

11 Red Kites were around the Leitrim area, Co Down today, with up to 6 in the sky at one time. Also seen were 3 Buzzards (Robert Clarke and Paul Allen) - You can see some video at:

This evening at Ramore Head, Portrush, there were 60 Turnstone , 12 Purple Sandpiper, one Bar- tailed Godwit and 11 Whimbrel flew west. (John Clarke).

Thanks to John for the picture of the Bar-tailed Godwit.


Bird News Wednesday 26th August

RSPB Belfast WOW had a Little Stint, 15 Ruff and 5 Knot (Gerard McGeehan)

Seawatching from 9am to 10.30am at St Johns Point had 100 plus Roseate Terns, 1 Black Tern, 2 Little Gulls, c.500 Common Terns, c100 Sandwich Terns and c.20 Arctic Terns fishing with Razorbills, Gannets and Manx Shearwaters in Dundrum Bay between St John’s Pt and Minerstown (Chris Murphy, Tim Murphy, Doris Noe)

A juvenile Black Tern was at the Quoile Pondage at 1pm. (Tim Murphy)

The Bann EStuary had 2 Little Egret, 8 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper; Ballykelly had 3 Little Egret, 10 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, Myroe had, 3 Little Egret, 5 Ruff, 1 Peregrine. (Hill Dick/ Peter Robinson)

Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for this pic of a Ruff:

Bird News Tuesday 25th August.

2 juvenile Black Tern and 49+ Roseate Tern were feeding and roosting at Minerstown Beach at 8pm. Many of the same terns had earlier been at St John's Point. Also 1 Wheatear at St John's Point and 1 Wheatear at Killough Pier. (Tim Murphy)

A Whimbrel was at Groomsport. (Rhona Galway)

Bird News Monday 24th August

A Wood Sandpiper and 5 Little Egret  where at Kinnegar lagoon this morning. (Robert Scott)

A Green Sandpiper, Garganey, the Great White Egret and 40 Ruff were in the south-west corner of Lough Beg. Most of the 150 Ruff from last Friday have moved on south (David Steele).

The Little Stint was still at RSPB Belfast WOW this morning (Brian Murphy)

5 Whimbrel were in flight over Ballyholme in Bangor (George Henderson).

A Common Sandpiper and 12 Redshank were at Ballyronan on the Londonderry shore of Lough Neagh (David Morrow).

Melmore Head in 2.5hrs this morning had 1juv Pomarine Skua, 5 Bonxies, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Arctic Terns, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 15 Whimbrel (Eric Randall and Oscar Campbell)

15/20 Ravens were feeding on a sheep carcass along the B27 east of Spelga dam. (Derek Polley)

Three Arctic Skua were off Grey Point, Belfast Lough this evening (Wilton Farrelly)

Yesterday a Pacific Golden Plover was reported from Myroe Levels (Birdguides)

Our thanks to Cameron Moore who kindly sent in the pics of an adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sanderling these birds where at Whitehead yesterday. Also to Stephen Maxwell for the pic of the Ruff and Dunlin

Bird News Sunday 23rd August

Nine Little Egret were at Kinnegar Lagoon, early this morning. A little Stunt was still at RSPB WOW. (Stuart McKee)

This evening the Ruff count at RSPB Belfast WOW was up to 55. 7 Manx Shearwater were off Kinnegar (Wilton Farrelly)

7 Arctic Skua were off Whitehead (Stephen Foster)

At Larne Lough an adult Mediterranean Gull (with a white ring), 8 Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper and 14 Sandwich Tern were at Brown's Bay. 5 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Little Egret, 7 Snipe and 14 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballycarry Bridge (Cameron Moore).

38 Roseate Tern were roosting on rocks 200m west of the Lighthouse at St John's Point between 11am-1pm. There were also 58 Common Tern, 13 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Gull, 1 Peregrine and flying past 4 Swift, 7 Ruff, 2 wigeon, 11 Common Scoter and 2 Arctic Skua (Tim Murphy)

Keep a look out for Black Terns. Good numbers have been seen along the east coast, down south.

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Thanks to Stuart McKee for this pic of juvenile Ruff:

Bird News Saturday 22nd August

The Two Little Stint were at RSPB Belfast WOW reserve and two Little Egret at Kinnegar. About 80 House Martins and six Swift were migrating very high up over the reserve (Stuart McKee)

The maximum count of Ruff today at RSPB Belfast WOW was 37 (Gerard McGeehan)

Today beside the Gate Lodge at Murlough House, Co Down were15 Egrets and 21 Grey Herons (Stuart McQueen)

A Ring-billed Gull, 2 Knot, and a Sanderling were also at RSPB Belfast WOW. (Wilton Farrelly)

A Little Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe, 15 Greenshank, 175 Ringed Plover,  48 Dunlin, 60 Turnstone, 89 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret and 26 Grey Heron were in Killough Harbour. 10 Common Tern were still feeding Chicks on Swan Island, Strangford. (Tim Murphy)

An adult Roseate Tern was feeding a juvenile off Fishermens Row, Killough at 4pm, just before high tide.  c.500 Linnets and a few Goldfinches, House and Tree Sparrows were feeding on thistles along the Point Road, Killough. (Chris Murphy)

9 Little Egret and a Kingfisher were at Kinnegar (Gilly Irwin)

A 2nd Summer Iceland Gull was at Portballintrae today (Colin Guy)

Little Stint with Dunlin, Wilton Farrelly:

Little Egrets, Stuart McQueen:

Bird News Friday 21st August.

33 Roseate Terns were roosting on rocks in Killough Bay between 1pm and 4pm. They were beside Fisherman's Row road, 400m south of the pier. There was also 1 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 10 Common Tern and 82 Sandwich Tern.(Tim Murphy)

100 Mute Swan and a Kingfisher where seen from the hide at the Quoile pondage. (Derek Polley)

A site record of 150 Ruff was in the south-west corner of Lough Beg in the evening. Almost all were juvenile (only 5 adult). The previous record was 90 in 1974. Also present were 20 Greenshank, a juvenile Turnstone and 6 Garganey (David Steele).

Our thanks to Stephen Maxwell who provided the first two pics of a Kingfisher and Little Egret and also to Clive Mellon of a Long-eared Owl. 

Bird News Thursday 20th August

The Wood Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, Little Stint, 39 Ruff, Sanderling, Greenshank, immature Peregrine and a Buzzard were at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Derek Polley).

14 Ruff and 3 Greenshank were at Lough Beg in bays around Coney Island and the Great White Egret was showing well with four Little Egrets in the bay south of Church island today. (Gareth Bareham).

4 Scoter were at the mouth of the Bush at Portballintrae in the evening. 3 of them were showing white secondaries and were possibly Velvet Scoters (Robert Scott).

Thanks to Neil Cartmill for the picture of one of the Belfast Lough Ruff and to Stephen Maxwell for the second Ruff picture..


Bird News Wednesday 19th August

The Wood Sandpiper, 3 juvenile Little Stint, 30 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, a Knot and Common Sandpiper were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (George Gordon, Sandy McWilliams, Ray Bennett and Stuart McQueen).

A young female peregrine falcon was seen several times around Comber (Chris Shaw)

2 Pomarine Skua were at Burial Island along the Outer Ards (Billy Miskelly)

Bird News Tuesday 18th August

A Wheatear and an Arctic Skua were at Portmuck this morning. (Adam McClure)

The Wood Sandpiper was still present at RSPB Belfast Harbour WOW Reserve and two Little Stint were also seen. (Stuart McKee)

26 Ruff and a Little Egret were also present at RSPB Belfast WOW this evening (Gerard McGeehan)

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was on Tory Island.

Thanks to Stuart McKee for the pic of the LIttle Stint: