Bird News Wednesday October 9th

Ramore Head from 8-12 had 7 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Leach's Petrel, 16 Whooper Swan, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 52 Greylag Geese, 758 Barnacle Geese, 257 Brent Geese, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 24 Great Skua, 5 Pomarine Skua and 2 Arctic Skua. (Neal Warnock).

Further sea-watching at Ramore in the afternoon produced 150 Barnacle Geese, 3 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Pintail, 35 Brent Geese and a Grey Phalarope late this evening. 9 Whooper Swans were resting on a small lake just south of Bushmills. (Colin Guy).

More sea-watching sightings from Ramore:
Over 2 hours there were 220 Barnacle Geese, 5 Arctic Tern, 7 Manx Shearwater, 3 Leach's Petrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 5 Great Skua, 400 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Kittiwake (Stuart McKee).
Over an hour at lunch time 293 Barnacle were seen as well as 9 Arctic Tern and 4 Great Skua and an hour in the evening produced 2 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 29 Barnacle Geese, 2 Great Skua and an Arctic Skua (Matthew Tickner).

The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at Portrush, a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull at Carnfunnock and a Little Stint at Sandy Bay, Larne. (Neal Warnock).

A female Hen Harrier was at Portmore Lough RSPB reserve, the same bird was seen hunting along the foreshore of Lough Neagh at Jonny's Bay earlier in the day. (Amy Burns).

A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at Whitehouse Lagoon. (David Knight).

Whooper Swans have returned to Lough Beg, a Wheatear and large numbers of Golden Plover and Lapwing were also seen. (Margaret Quinn).

At Island Magee a Grey Phalarope and 2 Sandwich Tern passed Skernaghan Point and a Redwing was on the Point. A juvenile Little Stint and Great Northern Diver were at Brown's Bay (Kerry Leonard).   

A first-winter Mediterranean Gull was at Killough Harbour and an adult Mediterranean Gull has been at the outer Harbour for 2 days now (Tim Murphy).

Thanks to today's photographers, to Dick Glasgow for the pictures of the Wheatear and the Sparrowhawk & Rook and to Lindsay Hodges for the pictures of the Knot and Reed Bunting. You can see more NI bird pictures at


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