Bird News for Monday 17th Sept.

There are now 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Myroe.(Tyrone Nelson)
A moulting Grey Phalarope is on the small Balancing Lake, Co Armagh. It is at the far end of the lake furthest from the road. Not often we get the opportunity to see this species at close quaters, they are usually seen from a headland on a sea-watch. 
A Kingfisher was at Lurgan Park Lake. A Common Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope, 2 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk were at Craigavon North Lake (Stephen Hewitt, Glen West). They considered the Grey Phalarope a juvenile moulting to first-winter and not a moulting adult.

3 Green Sandpiper were along the east shore of Lough Beg (Matthew Tickner).

Copeland Bird Observatory had a Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Wheatear, 78 Meadow Pipit, 52 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin, 150 Swallow and 20 House Martin. A Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua and 2 Red-throated Diver were at sea (Kerry Leonard).

A dark morph Arctic Skua was at Briggs Rocks near Groomsport and 6 Wheatear were in the area (Colin Guy).
Our thanks to Tom McCreery who kindly sent in this image of the Grey Phalarope, which was on the small balancing lake up until 18.30.  


Two lovely images of Wheatear's the top one was taken by Alistair Prentice the bottom by Tom McCreery.

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