Bird News Friday 14th October

A Glossy Ibis flew north over Killough Harbour at 1pm. (Tim Murphy).

A Snow Bunting was at Ramore Head in Portrush and a Merlin was at Magilligan Point. (Christine Cassidy & Lindsay Hodges).

A Marsh Harrier has been present at the Quoile for the last two days. (Tony Donaldson).

6 Red Kites were in the Leitrim area of Co. Down. (Bill Guiller).

A single male Ruff (which has been there for around 3 weeks) was with 155 Black-tailed Godwits in Dundrum South Inner Bay. 14 Grey Plovers were near Green Island in North Inner Bay. This morning in stormy conditions, around 80 Razorbills and Guillemots were sheltering close to shore around the Rock Pool area in Newcastle and 220 Sanderlings were roosting on the rocks nearby. (David Nixon).

This evening at Killough there was the Glossy Ibis (constantly chased by gulls and jackdaws), along with 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 56 Lapwing, +350 Black-headed Gull, 4 Little Egret and 4 Grey Heron. Also at Kilclief were 35 Golden Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin. (Toni Costello).

A juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was at Inch Lake in Donegal. (Birdguides).

Yesterday a Little Egret was on the River Bann at Carnroe, Aghadowey. (Maura Creelman).

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Snow Bunting, to Tony Donaldson for the picture of the Marsh Harrier, to Bill Guiller for the picture of the Red Kite and to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Grey Heron.

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