Bird News for Sunday 2nd October

The first winter Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Ramore Head. Also present were 2 Greenland Wheatear and a White Wagtail (Ian Enlander \ Jeff Larkin). (See photos below)

A Yellow-browed Warbler was ringed at Copleand Bird Observatory. Also seen were 22 Skylark, 21 Swallow, 40 Siskin, 20 Goldfinch, 15 Goldcrest, a Dunnock and Chaffinch. At sea 3 Manx Shearwater, a few Gannet and Kittiwake, 60 Herring Gull and 150 Razorbill as well as a Basking Shark were seen (Neville McKee).

The American Golden Plover still present at Kirkistown, 5 Wheatear, a Merlin and a Whitethroat were also seen. Over 100 Swallow/House Martin were gathering at Kearney, preparing for the long migration in front of them. (G.Armstrong/P.West/N.Price). As well as the adult American Golden Plover 3 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 100 Golden Plover and a Merlin were at Kirkiston (Richard Weyl, Keith Bennett).

5 Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest were at Templecowey, and 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest at Kearney. A Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 4 Wheatear, 2 Greenland Wheatear, a Whimbrel, 150 Meadow Pipit and 600 Linnet were at Ballyquintin (Richard Weyl).

A Pectoral Sandpiper was in the southwest corner of Lough Beg before flying into Paddy's Dub. A juvenile Hen Harrier, 9 Ruff and a Merlin were also seen and a Chiffchaff and 9 Wheatear were at Mullagh (David Steele).

2 Curlew Sandpiper were at the Floodgates in Strangford Lough (Shirley Dunlop, Gerard McGeehan) as well as 2 Dark-bellied Brent (Keith Bennett).

3 Slavonian Grebe were at Greyabbey (Keith Bennett).

As adult Mediterranean Gull, Ruff, 3 Knot and a Kingfisher were at Whitehouse Lagoon in Belfast (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop).
2 Sandwich Tern and a Wheatear were at Kinnegar shore (William Smyton).
Yesterday a very late Swift was at Killough (Tim Murphy), and a Raven was at a derelict building beside the Halifax at Shaftsbury Square in Belfast (Andrea Marshall).
Many thanks to Gerry Bond for the picture of the Red-breasted Flycatcher from yesterday:
Red-breasted Flycatcher - Gerry Bond
Many thanks to Jeff Larkin for the pic below from today:

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