Bird News Tuesday 12th August

The Little Gull was still present at Kinnegar (Wilton Farrelly)

From Melmore Head today - 1 Cory's past at 0800 and 4 Great Shearwaters between 1030 and 1330. Also 12 Sooties, 9 Bonxies, 3 Storm Petrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 12 Arctic Tern and two Basking sharks. Yesterday evening at Melmore, 3 Cory's and one Sooty went through 1700 - 1930 (Oscar Campbell)

A juvenile Ruff and 2 Common Sandpiper were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee, Joe Lamont). 

Two juvenile Ruff flew in off the sea at Millisle where 5 Sanderling were on the beach and an adult Mediterranean Gull was at Ballywalter (Stuart McKee)

The Bann Estuary had 1 Little Egret, 2 Ruff and 1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull (Hill Dick)

A juvenile Med Gull was in Killough Harbour today. Of 15 species of wader in Killough this week peak counts included Redshank (376), Greenshank (17), Curlew (124), Oystercatcher (198) and Turnstone (97). Seven Little Egrets are roosting on Coney Island (Chris Murphy).

Another juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Ramore Head this evening (Colin Guy)

Thanks to Chris Murphy for these pics of a Swallow feeding young:

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