Bird News Saturday 16th August

Bloody Foreland this morning between 0630-0900 had 8 Cory Shearwaters, 1 Balearic, 254 Manx, 6  Storm Petrels, 1 Bonxie and 4 Red-throated Divers (Chris Ingram)

Three Garganey were very close and watchable at the east end of Reedy Flats; also 12 Ruff, 5 Goldeneye, a Wigeon and 10 Common Swift there. Oxford Island had 2 Reed Warblers showing; also one Ruff and 20 Common Terns. (Oscar Campbell)

Three Ruff and a Little Egret were at Belfast Harbour estate (Wilton Farrelly)

A Spotted Redshank was at Whitehouse Lagoon. 4 Swift were over Skegoneill Avenue in Belfast (Stuart McKee)

The immature Spoonbill was at the Quoile Pondage. In Strangford Narrows 3 Little Egret were at Cloghy Rocks and a juvenile Ruff, 200 Sandwich Tern, a Greenshank, Peregrine, 30 Dunlin and 70 Ringed Plover at Kilclief (Gerard McGeehan)

Two Ruff were at Lough Mourne (Neal Warnock)

Conditions look excellent for a sea watch on the north coast tomorrow, particularly with the possibility of an elusive NI Cory's.

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for this pic of a Purple Sandpiper:

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