Bird News Monday 24th September

The White-rumped Sandpiper and one of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers were reported again from Myroe. (Birdguides).

20 Pintail were at the Maltings, Newtownards (Gerard McGeehan)

Thanks to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Little Gull and the Wheatear from Whitehead at the weekend:



Bird News Sunday 23rd September

The adult White-rumped Sandpiper was still at Myroe this morning (Brian McCloskey). There was no sign of the Buff Breasted Sandpipers nor the American Golden Plover.

At Lough Beg this morning a juvenile Marsh Harrier was hunting around Paddy's Dub and three Pinkfeet flew high west. (David Steele)

Ramore Head this morning had 13 Leach’s Petrel, 44 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Arctic Skua, 7 Bonxie, 25 Common Scoter (Neal Warnock)

Whitehead had a Wheatear and 15 Whooper Swans which flew over up the Lough (Gerard McGeehan)

A Black Brant was reported from the northern end of Strangford Lough (BirdGuides)

Three Whooper Swans were at Ballykelly (Michael Savage)

Greenland Wheatear, Lindsay Hodges:


Bird News Saturday 22nd September

An adult White-rumped Sandpiper and the Buff-breasted Sandpiper were at Myroe to 2pm at least (Neal Warnock)

An adult American Golden Plover was at the west end of Myroe along with a second Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Garry Armstrong)

19 Whooper Swans were at Bridgend, heading towards Inch Wildfowl Reserve (Christine Cassidy)

A 2nd yr Little Gull was at Whitehead Promenade at 11am (Cameron Moore)

A Pomarine Skua was at Ramore Head this morning (Richard Hunter)

A White Rumped Sandpiper was seen this morning at the Barmouth but flew off high. There was no sign of the American Black Tern (Theo Campbell)

3 Carrion Crows, along with a Hooded Crow, were on the shore just north of Ballygally (Halfway House Hotel). May Possibly be a hybrid pairing, with two juveniles.
 An Iceland Gull, was on the shore of Larne Lough, at Glynn.(Gareth Platt)

5Arctic Skua and a Great Skua were off Groomsport.(Richard Weyl)

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Iceland Gull - Gareth Platt.
Red throated Diver - Thomas Campbell

Adult American Golden Plover - Neal Warnock.



Bird News Friday 21st September

A Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper were at the east end of Myroe this morning (Jeff Larkin).

A sea-watch at Ramore Head, Portrush this morning produced 14 Leach's Petrel, 3 Sabine's Gulls, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 7 Bonxie's and 3 Arctic Skua's. (Stuart McKee).

Further sea-watching at Ramore this afternoon and this evening produced 29 Bonxie's, 28 Arctic Skua's, 3 Leach's Petrel, a single Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 21 Arctic Tern, 2 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, a Whimbrel, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Brent Geese and 16 Wigeon. (Matthew Tickner).

Also recorded at Ramore this evening were 4 Leach's Petrel, 32 Arctic Skua, 30 Bonxie's 2 Grey Phalarope, 120+ Brent Geese, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 18 Arctic Terns, 3 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Wigeon. (Neal Warnock).

A skein of 70 Pink-footed Geese flew high south over Rathlin this morning. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Thanks to Mervyn Guthrie for the picture of the Pectoral Sandpiper from Myroe:


Bird News Thursday 20th September

A Pectoral Sandpiper was still at the east end of Myroe (Brian Murphy)

Belfast WOW this afternoon had a Greenland Wheatear, 20+ Pied Wagtail and 40+ Meadow Pipit (Ian Enlander)

27 Red-breasted Merganser were off Kinnegar (Derek Polley)

At least two Curlew Sandpiper were at the Barmouth (Thomas Campbell)

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for the pics of Curlew Sandpipers with Dunlin and a Snipe:





Bird News Wednesday 19th September

A Pomarine Skua was seen off Copeland Bird Observatory (CBO).

Several Sooty Shearwaters and a Little Gull were off Rue Point in Rathlin during the stormy weather. (Ric Else & Hazel Watson).

Bird News Tuesday 18th September

The American Black Tern was giving good views perched on posts to the left of the hide at the Barmouth between 9.00 and 9.30 this morning. (Clifford Sharpe & David Nixon).

Around Lough Foyle today were a single Pectoral Sandpiper, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a Curlew Sandpiper at Myroe. Also present were a Pink-footed Goose, 4 Ruff, 11 Med Gull and a high count of 56 Little Egret. (Brad Robson and Matthew Tickner).

A Greenland Wheatear was at Lough Mourne (Stuart McKee) and another there Wheatear was at Rockport (Derek Polley)

Greenland Wheatear, Stuart McKee:

Bird News Monday 17th September.

No news in so far of the American Black Tern at the Bann Estuary.

 Late news from Saturday,,an adult Stock Dove was at Carmean between Moneymore and Magherafelt. I have not seen a Stock Dove in my local area for years. (Godfrey Mc Roberts)
Dunlin - Christine Cassidy/Lindsay Hodges.

Bird News Sunday 16th September

The American Black Tern was feeding along the river, inland from the Barmouth breakwater at 9:30 (Ed O’Hara / Garry Armstrong). A Jack-snipe was also present. (Stuart McKee). 4 Arctic Skua's were off the Barmouth. (Ian Graham)

Although the American Black Tern was absent for most of the day it was seen again off the Barmouth at 5.30p.m. (Neal Warnock).

A Pectoral Sandpiper is at Myroe (Daniel Newton)

An adult Pomarine Skua and 6 Curlew Sandpipers were at the Barmouth this afternoon. (Wilton Farrelly).

Two Arctic Skua’s and a Great Skua were off Portstewart Head. (Sean Hickey).

Yesterday 40 Red-throated Diver passing south at Burial Island between 9 and 10a.m. and 2 White Wagtail were at Kirkiston. (Richard Weyl).

3 Golden Plover were at Llendrum Wind Farm this afternoon. (Colin Bell).

Thanks to Ed O'Hara for the pictures of the American Black Tern, the Pectoral Sandpiper and the Arctic Skua, to Thomas Campbell for the picture of the Ruff, to Michael Latham for the picture of the Wheatear and to Alan McCluskie for the picture of the Sandwich Tern:







American Black Tern

Many thanks to Stephen Dundar for these pictures of the American Black Tern at the Barmouth:




Bird News Saturday 15th September

The American Black Tern is back at The Barmouth. It was there to at least 2pm (Neal Warnock)

The Barmouth Coleraine this morning had 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 6 Ruff & 3 Med gull (Richard Hunter).

Thanks to Thomas Campbell for the pictures of the Arctic Skua, Red-throated Diver and Sanderling:




Bird News Friday 14th September.

No news so far today.


Arctic Skuas harassing a Black-headed Gull. - Ronald Surgenor