Bird News Sunday 8th September

A juvenile Wilson's Phalarope was seen from 1.30pm today until 2.10pm. It was seen south of the bay beside Church Island, Lough Beg. (Ciarán Burns)

The 2 Spotted Redshank were together at Ballycarry Bridge. Blackhead had 100+ Meadow Pipit and 1000+  Razorbill with 100's Gannet/Kittiwake/Manxies all feeding over a wide area around the mouth of Belfast Lough. 8 Harbour Porpoise also present. Portmuck had 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Harbour Porpoise (Ian Enlander)

1 Manx Shearwater was at Reas Wood,Lough Neagh this morning. (Gary Brown)

A Whimbrel and pale phase Arctic Skua were at Orlock, Co. Down, this morning. 450 Common/Sandwich Terns were between Donaghadee and Bangor (James Robinson)

Between 09:45 to 11:15 this morning there was a fall of c.50 Wheatears, including 35 in one field. Also noted: 2 Stonechats, 1 White Wagtail, 5 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap and 1Whitethroat. (Chris Murphy).

Cushendall Beach at 3pm had 1 Kingfisher, 1 Whimbrel, 26 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 11 Common Gull, 1 Grey Heron. (John McKillop)

Tory Island had a Turtle Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, Jack Snipe, Whinchat, Robin, 3 Willow Warblers, a Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Whooper Swan, 4 Reed Buntings and 35 Tree Sparrows (Chris Ingram).

At Belfast Lough RSPB reserve were 3 Ruff, 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. (Ed O'Hara).

 A Little Stint was at Anne's Point and 5 Curlew Sandpiper at the north end of Strangford Lough. An Arctic Skua and 8 Red-throated Diver were at Burial Island between 3.30 and 5.00. (Richard Weyl).

A Purple Sandpiper was with Turnstone and Ringed Plover at the high tide roost along Seacliff Road in Bangor (Margaret Adamson).  

An Arctic Skua and 2 Red-throated Diver were at Groomsport (George Gordon).

Thanks to today's photographers, to Gary Brown for the pictures of the inland Manx Shearwater, to Ciaran Burns for the pictures of the juvenile Wilson's Phalarope, to Ed O'Hara for the pictures of the Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff and to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Willow Warbler and the Buzzard. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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