Bird News Sunday 18th August

An Osprey flew west north of Capanagh Forest at 9.30am (Larry Toal)

The female Ring-necked Duck and 5 Ruff were at Lough Beg (David Steele)

200 Kittiwake were to the east of Copeland Bird Observatory (George Henderson)

The juvenile Ruff, 3 Snipe, 84 Teal, 60 Dunlin, 12 Knot and a pair of Gadwall were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Dot Blakely)

A Green Sandpiper was seen today at Shaw's Lake Glenanne Co. Armagh (Joe Devlin)

At Church Island, Lough Beg, another Green Sandpiper was present feeding on the exposed shoreline. (Ciaran Burns)

Ramore Head in 2.5hrs had 525 Manx, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 154 Whimbrel, 1 Ad Sabine's Gull, 2 Arctic Skua and 3 Bonxie (Neal Warnock)

Bloody Foreland, Co Donegal, from 6.15 to 11.45 had 2 Corys, 268 Sootys, 744 Manx, 5 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Poms, 4 scoters and 94 Whìmbrel (Chris Ingram / Ralph Shepard)

Melmore Head highlights this morning included a Corys and 2 Great Shearwaters. Also 57 Sooty Shearwater, a Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua and 20 Whimbrel. Last night a Great Shearwater was also present. (Eric Randall)

In County Sligo a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, was of Streedagh Point today. (Sligo Birding)

The Snowy Owl was seen again at the Twin Lakes area, Aranmore, Co Donegal.  (Robert Vaughan)

Our thanks to Tom McCreery for this fine image of a Kingfisher, Alistair Prentice for this pic of the Brackagh Moss Hobby, last seen a few days ago, to David Steele for the female Ring-necked Duck (on the right) and Joe Devlin for the Green Sandpiper:

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