Bird News Saturday 30th August

Lough Mourne this morning still had the. Little Stint + 140 Black-tailed Godwit (Ian Enlander)

6 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Ruff and a juvenile Little Stint were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon this morning. (Stuart McKee). Water levels have fallen and the site is attracting a lot more waders.

A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper is at Blanket Nook, Co Donegal. 15 Ruff and a Little Stint were also present (Brad Robson)

The immature Spoonbill was seen off the embankment, about 1.5miles west of the Floodgates car park at Newtownards. A Little Stint and 11 Wheatear were also present. (Wilton Farrelly)

Whitehead had a dark phase Arctic Skua. Ballycarry Bridge had 7 Little Egret, a Whimbrel and a GreenshankHelens Bay had an adult Med Gull and 2 Hoodie/Carrion hybrids (Ian Enlander)

A Great Skua was seen from a fishing boat in Belfast Lough off Grey Point/Helen's Bay (Brian Meharg)

As well as the Curlew Sandpiper and the Little Stint, 7 Knot (one in summer plumage) and 8 Bar-tailed Godwit in summer plumage were present at the Belfast Harbour Estate (Joe Lamont, Tom Ennis)

An Osprey from Scotland has migrated over NI in the last few days. See:

Below is a pic of the Spoonbill from Wilton Farrelly:

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