Bird News Friday 14th September

The adult Bonaparte's Gull is back at  the Princess Victoria Memorial Larne Lough and an ad. Med. Gull at Sandy Bay, Larne.(Gavin Ferguson) see photo's below.

At Lough Beg a Blue-winged Teal was at Church Island. A Curlew Sandpiper and a Garganey were in the south-west corner (David Steele).

Ramore Head, between 0645-19.15 produced, 13 RT Diver, 2GN Diver, 1,500 Manx Shearwaters,47 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrel, 20 Leach's Petrel, 4 Brent, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Grey Phalarope,158 Great Skua,1 Pom Skua, 21 Arctic Skua, 79 Arctic Tern, the escaped Gyr was seen around 11.45 (N.Warnock).
Portstewart Point had 38 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 220 Manx Shearwater, a Blue Fulmar, 14 Fulmar, 16 Sandwich Tern, 37 Arctic Tern, 3 Leach's Petrel, a Storm Petrel, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver and 500 Gannet (Stuart McKee).

Rinagree Point between Portstewart and Portrush had a Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua and a Red-throated Diver (Colin Guy).

3 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin and 6 Knot were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Dot Blakely).

The adult-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Groomsport.

Malin Head today; 200 Sooty Shears 79 Bonxies 11 Arctics 1 Leach's Petrel 3 Sabines 100's Gannet Manxies and Fulmar(A.Gillespie)

Our thanks to Gavin for providing these images of  the Bonaparte's Gull(top)and Med.Gull. 

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