Bird News Monday 2nd October

Two Black Terns are now at Marconi's cottage, Ballycastle. A flock of Pink-footed Geese also flew by this morning. (Michael Latham).

6 Whooper Swans were back in their usual fields near Swanlinbar Bridge, Derrylinn, Fermanagh today. (Paul McAnulty).

A Little Gull was at Sandy Bay in Larne, see picture below. (Jason Bain).

Portstewart Head had 4 Great Skua and 2 Red-throated Diver flying west, there were large numbers of Gannets, both adult and juvenile off the head. (Sean Hickey).

A Ramore Head sea-watch at midday produced 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 25 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Bonxies and up to 100 auks flying west. Gannets..adults/juveniles were numerous. (Hill Dick).

A seawatch at Ramore Head between 0700hrs and 0900 hrs today produced a Leach's Petrel, 4 Bonxies, 14 White-fronted Geese, 33 Brent Geese,1 Common Scoter, 1 Red Breasted Merganser,7 Teal, 15 Tufted Ducks, 9 Arctic Terns,16 Wigeon,1 Great Northern Diver and unusually a Great Crested Grebe (Colin Guy).
Another 3 Great Northern Divers flew past at Lunchtime.(Colin Guy).
This evening at Ramore between 1800 and 1900 there were 8 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 Leach's Petrel, 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Red-throated Divers, 10 Manx Shearwaters. Approximately 60 Arctic Terns were feeding off the Skerries nearby (Colin Guy/Matthew Tickner)

Sea-watching at Kilcummin Head between 07.00 - 18.10 produced 3 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 106 Bonxie, 8 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Pomarine Skua, 406 Sooty Shearwaters, 20 Grey Phalaropes, 5 Leach's Petrel, 1 Storm Petrel, 40 Kittiwake, 6 Fulmar, 1 Lapland Bunting and 17 Whooper Swan in off the sea. (Brad Robson & Joe Donaldson)

  Thanks to Michael Lathan for the pictures of the Black Terns and the Pink-footed Geese and to Jason Bain for the pictures of the Little Gull and the Turnstone:



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