Bird News Saturday 15th September

A juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is at Ballykelly on Lough Foyle this morning. A Goshawk was also seen.

The adult plumaged Ring-billed Gull was still at Groomsport (Zach / Tom McCreery - see the pic below)

Rathlin island had1 twite, 6 white wag, 2 chough, 1 little egret (island first?), bonxie off rue point and 1 pom skua, 2 arctic skua and 2 bonxie from the ferry (Neal Warnock)

In south Down 6 Storm Petrel - all new birds - were ringed last night at Sheepland near Ardglass (Declan Clarke).

28 Pochard flew past Briggs Rocks near Groomsport and 6 Wheatear were in the area (Colin Guy).

On the Antrim side of Belfast Lough 78 Red-breasted Merganser and 1,463 Eider were at Loughshore (Gerard McGeehan)

An adult Med Gull was at Kinnegar Shore (Wilton Farrelly)

Five Mediterranean Gull and four Pink-footed Geese were at Myroe Levels.

An adult Reed Warbler was trapped at Copeland Bird Observatory this morning. 100 Lesser Redpoll were present and 30 of them were ringed (Chris Acheson)

Birds at Whitehouse Lagoon this morning included 551 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, 61 Turnstone, 11 Knot and 7 Great Black-backed Gull. There were also 2 Wheatear on Dargan Road (Adam McClure)

A Buff-breasted Sandpiper is at Inch, Co Donegal.
A Pacific Golden Plover was at Derrybeg, Donegal this morning (Chris Ingram)
The female Red-crested Pochard was at Inch Lake, Donegal (Brad Robson)

Thanks to Zach McCreery for the pic below of the Groomsport Ring-billed Gull. You can see more pics at

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