Bird News for Friday 3rd August

RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve had a 2nd summer Little Gull, 2 summer plum Red Knot, 5 Common Sandpiper, ca 25 Dunlin, a Greenshank and a Peregrine (Keith Bennett).

Six Common Sandpiper were at Craigavon Balancing Lakes last night (Alistair Prentice)

Yesterday evening, Melmore Head in a 2 hour seawatch had 70 Manxies, 2 Sooty, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Bonxies, one Puffin (Oscar Campbell).

An adult Mediterranean Gull was near the boat compound at Whitehead (Cameron Moore).

Along the Armagh shore of Lough Neagh 3 Common Sandpiper were at Ardmore Point (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop).

The second-summer Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport.

Yesterday evening at 11.30pm a Barn Owl flew across the road near Ballygowan (David Morrow).

12 Swift were at Ballysillan Playing Fields in Belfast (Andy Elliott). 

Large numbers of Cory Shearwaters are being seen of the south coast so if seawatching conditions improve in NI, there is always an outside chance of one. Records from NI are rare!

Thanks to Tom McCreery and Richard Donaghey for today's pictures. You can check out more pictures at

Sedge Warbler - Tom McCreery

Sparrowhawk - Richard Donaghey

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