Bird News Sunday 24th June

The Hobby was back at the Montaighs this afternoon seen hunting dragonflies.(T.Ennis)

A Short-eared Owl was hunting over fields at Kearney. Unusually a Puffin was in Strangford narrows, N of Portaferry ferry slip.A dark Arctic Skua was off Burr Point, Ballyhalbert. (Keith Bennett)
As well as the SE Owl 2 Arctic Skua (light and dark phase) were at Kearney Point (Keith Bennett)

 In Donegal a second or third-year Glaucous Gull was at Glashedy Island off Doagh before flying into Trawbrega Bay (Brad Robson). The second-summer Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport. Staying on the theme of gulls the Little Gull remains at the RSPB Belfast Harbour Estate.(P.West) 

Thanks to Chris Murphy of these images of young Little Egrets in the nest, evidence of the first confirmed breeding record for this species in Northern Ireland and also of the White Wagtail which recently breed in Northern Ireland, also to Christine Cassidy for this picture of a pair of Great-crested Grebes and to Andrew Poots for the Yellowhammer shot. You can see more pictures at

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