Bird News for Monday 29th August.

The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was seen again to-day at the Bann Estuary, best viewed from the hide. 2 Little Stint and 5 Curlew Sandpiper were also present.

2 juvenile Little Gull were at Lough Beg. A juvenile Little Stint and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were at Church Island and a juvenile Hen Harrier hunting at Paddy's Dub (David Steele).
At Strangford Lough a Little Stint and Spotted Redshank were at Anne's Point and 3 Curlew Sandpiper near Pattons Marsh (Richard Weyl).
4 Pale-bellied Brent (probably new arrivals), a Wheatear, Peregrine and 22 Turnstone (2 juveniles) were at Islandhill (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop).

In Donegal Melmore Head over 3 hours had 16 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 8 Sooty Shearwater, a Puffin and 75 Manx Shearwater (Oscar Campbell). Yesterday an all day seawatch at Melmore produced 5 Long-tailed Skua, 25 Arctic Skua, 70 Great Skua and 116 Sooty Shearwater (Oscar Campbell, Eric Randall).

Also yesterday a Curlew Sandpiper was at Belfast Harbour RSPB at 9am (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop).
Curlew Sandpiper (third from left), with Dunlin, Islandmagee - Bill Guiller (27th August)
On Saturday, 9 Whooper Swan (including one Cygnet) were at Lough Beg. 40 Grey Heron were also at the Toome Eel fishery. (Ken Perry)

A free training day (an Introduction to Bird ID and Recording) is taking place at Dundrum on Sunday 18th September. The day is part of an ongoing series of events organised by Alliance Youth Works, a local environmental education charity and runs from 10am-1pm. Places are limited so if you are interested then please contact Liz Farnan at Alliance Youth Works on 43 767 244 or
Many thanks to Craig and Ed for the photos below:
Juvenile Ringed Plover - Craig Nash

Wheatear - Craig Nash

Ruddy Duck & Pochard - Ed O'Hara

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