Bird News Wednesday 31st July

The Hobby is still at Brackagh Moss. It flew over the moss and perched in a dead tree visible from the rampart along the red route. (Stephen Foster).

An adult Little Gull was still at RSPB Belfast Lough. (Keith Bennett).

2 adult Greenshank, 2 Turnstone, 377 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 10 adult Knot (most in summer plumage) were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee).

A family group of Sparrowhawks were at Fardross near Clogher. Last night at Crocknagrally Loop near Fivemiletown Co Tyrone were a group of Crossbills, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroats and group of 7 Fallow Deer. (Colin Bell).

A juvenile Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, 15 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Redshank and 5 each of Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser were at Reedy Flat on the south shore of Lough Neagh. (Oscar Campbell).

At Larne Lough an adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Greenshank, a Little Egret and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit were at Glynn. 2 Little Egret and 3 Common Sandpiper were still at Ballycarry Bridge (Cameron Moore).

A flock of 30 Sanderling were on the shore at Magilligan Point, see pictures below. (David Hill).

Thanks to today's photographers, to David Hill for the pictures of the Sanderling at Magilligan, to Dessie Loughrey for the picture of the juvenile Robin, to Mervyn Campbell for the picture of the Black-tailed Godwits and to Ian Jackson for the picture of the Sand Martin. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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