Bird News Thursday 15th September

The Bairds Sandpiper was showing at Myroe this morning also Curlew Sandpiper, a Sparrowhawk taking Dunlin and an adult Med Gull (Stuart McKee)

6 Pale-bellied Brent were at Lower lough Erne, Co Fermanagh. Also 2 Ruddy Shelduck were photographed this morning on a flooded field along a minor road near Clogher although they are no longer there. (Brad Robson)

Late news for yesterday - A Whinchat was at the North East end of Rathlin. Other birds noted on the island were 9 Golden Plover, 8 Wheatears,
hundreds of House Martins and Swallows and a single Chough (Colin Guy)

1, possibly 2 Lapland Buntings at Ramore Head, Portrush this morning. 3 different adult and 2 different 1st winter Mediterranean Gulls were at Portrush today, this means at least 6 different birds have been present this week. (Matthew Tickner)
A juvenile Black Tern was over Lough Beg this evening, a Curlew Sandpiper was at Mullagh and 7 Ruff were in the south west corner. (David Steele).
 On Tuesday 2 Red Grouse were seen at Stroanbrack, between Plumbridge and Donemana, Co. Tyrone. (Godfrey McRoberts).

 A pair of Ravens and a pair of Buzzards were in the air together over Parliament Buildings, Stormont this afternoon. (Jim Wells).

Belfast Lough RSPB WOW reserve today had 2 Ravens, 5 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Roseate Tern, a Skylark and 3 Pochard. (Derek Polley).

Yesterday a Little Egret was along the Portaferry Road on the Outer Ards and another was along the Ballydrain Road, Comber. (Hayley & Claire).

A 1st year Mediterranean Gull was at Glenarm today. (Colin Guy).

A Whimbrel was at Orlock Point, see picture below. (Philip McErlean)

Thanks to Brad Robson for forwarding this picture of the Ruddy Shelduck taken by the finder, to Linda Thompson for the picture of the Arctic Tern and to Philip McErlean for the picture of the Whimbrel.



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