Bird News Sunday 27th September

3 Little Gull were off Magilligan Point (Jeff Larkin).

A Red Kite was at Killymuck on the west side of Lough Neagh (green marker on right wing and green and yellow on left (Patrick Devlin).

8 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Purple Sandpiper were at Ballywalter (Warren Fowles).

Yesterday a juvenile Stock Dove was between Moneymore and Magherafelt - the first seen there in many years. 3 Yellowhammer were also noted (Godfrey McRoberts).

The American Golden Plover was still at Inch Lake in Donegal this morning. (Birdguides).

A Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 9 Knot, 40 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 1 Merlin were at St John's Point. 5 Wigeon and 15 Skylark flew south. 7 Little Egret, 16 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 13 Greenshank, 70 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 6 Wigeon, 18 Brent Geese and 2 Carrion Crow were at Killough Harbour.(Tim Murphy).

Thanks to Alex McCooke for the picture of the Jay taken in Slieveanorra Forest, to Gareth Platt for the picture of the Common Gull which was ringed as a nestling on Big Copeland in 2011 and to David Hunter for the pictures of the Wheatear and the Kestrel.



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