Bird News for Wednesday 22nd August

The Black Tern was still at RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve (Stephen Maxwell)

The 2nd summer Glaucous Gull was still in Ballintoy harbour along with 2 Twite and a White Wagtail.

At Lough Foyle 8 White Wagtail, 3 Golden Plover, 30 Ringed Plover and 20 Dunlin were at the lawn turf fields at Myroe Levels. 2 Sanderling were along the shore (Richard Gray).

The second-summer Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport (George Gordon)

A juvenile Med Gull was at Drains Bay, Co Antrim (Neal Warnock)

Morning at Melmore Head(4.5 hours): 1 Sabine's Gull, 1 Pomarine Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 13 Sooty Shearwater, 200 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Arctic Tern. Also: single Basking Shark and Minke Whale off Melmore yesterday (21st) (Oscar Campbell, Nick Moran, Chris Mills, Chris Murphy, Eric Randall, Eric Palmer)

A large pale falcon was seen at the Giants Causeway so it's worth keeping an eye out for any unusual raptors in the area!

Thanks to Alistair Prentice for this pic of a juvenile Knot and to Stephen Maxwell for the pic of the Black Tern. You can see more pics from local photographers at

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