Bird News Sunday 15th September

5 American Golden Plover and a Dotterel are still present at Myroe levels. They were in a ploughed field although distant at times making viewing challenging. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a Curlew Sandpiper were in a lawn field to the left of the railway crossing. (Phillip West)

A juvenile Wilson's Phalarope was seen again south of Church Island, Lough Beg. It was present from 12.00-1.30 (Ciarán Burns)

A Curlew Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank were at the RSPB Belfast Harbour Estate reserve. (Birdguides)

2000+Kittiwake,500 Gannet, 300 Manx Shearwater, 1000+Razorbill, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua were seen off a sea-watch at Blackhead Co.Antrim. This afternoon a Black Tern was also seen from same location. The whale washed up at Red Bay Co. Antrim yesterday was a nine metre Sei whale. (Ian Enlander)

A sea-watch from Ramore Head, Portrush between 15.30 - 18.15 produced 4 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 3 Sooty Shearwater and 50-100 Arctic Tern.(Keith Bennett)

2 Pomarine Skua was seen off Burial Island Co.Down and 2 Arctic Skua and a White Wagtail at Orlock Point.(Richard Weyl)

A Black Tern flew past Groomsport.(George Gordon)

A dark phase Arctic Skua was seen of Murlough Co. Down this evening 15  Sanderling were on the beach.(Garry Wilkinson)

An ad. Med. Gull was seen in flight at Ardarawood, Comber.(Chris Shaw)

Slightly further afield... Melmore Head Co Donegal in a 3 hr sea-watch this afternoon produced 2500 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Leach's Petrel, 13 Great Skua, 5 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and 60 Arctic Tern.(Eric Randall/ Allen Gillespie)

To-morrow could be very interesting for sea-watching with very strong NW winds forecast, so if your free get yourself to a headland like Ramore Head in Portrush, or Malin Head, Melmore Head, Fanad all in Co.Donegal.  Should be lots of birds passing.

Our thanks to Stephen Maxwell for the pics of the Ruff (top) and the Redshank. Also to Alistair Prentice for the Willow Warbler and Ian Graham for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper from Myroe Levels.

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