Bird News Monday 16th September

A seawatch at Ramore Head, Portrush today produced a Sooty Shearwater, a juvenile Sabine's Gull and 150 Brent Geese. (Tom Ennis/Ray Bennett).

At Myroe at least 3 of the American Golden Plover and a Curlew Sandpiper were still present. (Tom Ennis/ Ray Bennett).

Ramore this morning from 0700 hrs to 1030 hrs had at least 10 Sooty Shearwaters,4 Great Northern Divers, about 60 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 30 Wigeon, 3 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas, 100 Brent Geese.
A  further seawatch at Ramore between 1800 – 1900 hrs produced 1 adult Sabine’s Gull, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, and 1 Red-throated Diver. (Colin Guy/Davy Hunter)
St John's Point between 7:30- 8am had 1 Eider, 10 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Brent Geese. Killough Harbour had 30 Brent Geese, the first of the autumn. Ballykelly, Lough Foyle had 100 Skylarks, and a Wheatear. Only 1 of the adult American Golden Plover was seen among 455 Golden Plover in the ploughed field at Myroe. also seen were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 20 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper on the lawn fields but there was no sign of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper. At Magiligan Point were 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Arctic Terns, 10 Manx Shearwaters, 20 Sanderling, 2 Wheatears, 95 Golden Plover, and a Buzzard. (Chris Murphy).

A Sooty Shearwater, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver and 247 Pale-bellied Brent were off Whitehead (Gerard McGeehan). 

2 Mediterranean Gull (second-winter and first-winter) were at Portmuck on Island Magee. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was at Ballycarry Bridge (Cameron Moore).   

2 adult Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Skua and Red-throated Diver were at Grey Point (George Gordon).

Melmore Head in Donegal in 9 hours had 700 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Leach's Petrel, 5 Sabine's Gulls, 71 Great Skua, 14 Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 95 Arctic Terns, 10 Brent Geese, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver and a Black-throated Diver. (Eric Randall/Alan Gillespie).

20+ Mistle Thrush were feeding in a field near Cushendall. (John McKillop).

Thanks to Alistair Prentice for the picture of the Sparrowhawk with Swallow in attendance and for the picture of the Bullfinch.


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