Good weather conditions are due to last until Saturday. Thursday's boat trip to Jura could be the last for this year but there are still seats left on the boat which leaves Cushendall at 9am. For this trip and also anyone interested in future winter trips to Islay please contact Jim Wells on 07856 235144
White-tailed Eagle and Red Deer, Jura Byron Davey Jones:
Over the coarse of the week-end Orlock Point Co.Down had a Whimbrel and 2 Great Northern Diver a Chiffchaff was at Kearney and the hybrid Ring-billled Gull remains at Millisle, Portavogie had 2 White Wagtail.(Richard Weyl)
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.
If you are considering staying on Tory Island over the next month, the Hostel may be available for birders (it normally closes in October). If you want to stay, phone: 00 353 (87) 298 7407 to make arrangements.
A Spotted Redshank, a Black Tern and 2 Ruff were at Inch Lake, Co Donegal (Chris Ingram).
An adult Ring-billed was at the East Strand in Portrush. (Birdguides).
A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was at Whiteabbey. (David Knight).
St John's Point from 8am to 8.30am had 1 adult dark phase Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gulls (ad and 2nd winter), 4 Red-throated Divers and the first obvious movement of Razorbills and Guillemots of the autumn. A Brent Goose and 100 Ringed Plovers were in Killough Harbour (Chris Murphy).
Thanks to David for the picture of the Mediterranean Gull and to Christine Cassidy for the picture of the Jay.
Lough Beg Co. L'derry had a Pectoral Sandpiper in the south west corner, there was also 2 Garganey present.(David Steele) The visitors centre at the RSPB Belfast WOW reserve will be CLOSED this Saturday (26th September) however the roadside hide and the lane hide will remain open.
Lough Beg to-day had the Great White Egret, a Ring-necked Duck, 10 White Wagtail a Yellow Wagtail and 25 Ruff.(David Steele)
Larne Lough had 18 Greenshank, 22 Little Egret, a Kingfisher and Carrion Crow. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull and 300 Razorbill/ Guillemot were off Whitehead (Cameron Moore)
5 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover and 6 Turnstone at the rocks at the Long Hole in Bangor.(David McCormick)
Our thanks to Andrew Poots for the picture of a Chiffchaff(pic 1). Also to Cameron Moore who kindly sent in the next three pics, pic 2 is of a Med Gull taken at Whitehead,pic 3 is a Greenshank and pic 4 is a Kingfisher.
322 Brent Geese, 3 Little Egret and a Buzzard were at Ballykelly, a further 4 Buzzard were at Maydown, Derry. (Christine Cassidy).
The adult Mediterranean Gull was still at Newcastle and another adult was at Brigg's Rocks this morning
Thanks to Stephen Maxwell for the picture of an unfortunate Greylag Goose with a Coke can stuck on it's bill, taken at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve and to Averil McCarty for the picture of the Sparrowhawk in her garden.
5 Purple Sandpiper where feeding of the rocks at the Long Hole which is just past Bangor pier, in winter anywhere along this coast is usually a good place to catch up with this wader.(Margaret Adamson)
A Green Sandpiper, 3 Garganey and 7 Ruff were at the south end of Lough Beg (Matthew Tickner).
An adult Little Gull was feeding off Minerstown beach. 2 Garganey (1 adult male and 1 female/ juvenile), 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Lapwing and 1 Snipe were on the river Quoile opposite Inch Abbey. (Tim Murphy)
Late news from yesterday was 13 Greenshank and 9 Little Egret at Dundrum Inner Bay North (Ivor McDonald).
Yesterday Killough Harbour had 1 Kingfisher and 1 Whimbrel, Lough Beg had the Great White Egret (Church Island), 3 Garganey (eclipse drake, female and female/imm), 70 Curlew, 90 Black-tailed Godwits, 24 Ruff, 2 broods of Whooper Swan (1,3), 1 White Wagtail, c. 30 Reed Buntings, c. 1,000 Mallard, c. 1,000 Coot, Myroe had 468 Golden Plover, 84 Ringed Plover, 180 Dunlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, an adult Ring-billed Gull, Little Egret and an Irish Hare, Lough Foyle/Magilligan Point had 200 Red-breasted Mergansers, 100 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzards, 1 Porpoise (Chris Murphy),
Today Dundrum Inner Bay South had 5 Ruff; Dundrum Inner Bay North had 10 Greenshank (Chris and Tim Murphy).
Thanks to Neil Cartmill for the picture of the Kestrel and to Cameron Moore for the pictures of the Knot and the Grey Heron.
An adult Little Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull were at Whitehead. Yesterday the White-tailed Eagle at Copeland was also seen in flight by a local farmer between Whitehead and the saltmines heading towards Ballycarry, so may still be in the area (Cameron Moore).
Inch, Co Donegal had 12 Ruff (Garry Armstrong) and a Merlin (Geoff Larkin)
Blanketnook had 2 Ruff (Wilton Farrelly) and an Iceland Gull (Jeff Larkin)
An adult American Golden Plover was at Myroe Levels along with 2 Little Stints (Garry Armstrong)
St John’s Pt: 42 Scoter (41 drakes, 1 duck), Red-throated Diver, 2 White Wagtails and 1 Wheatear; Coney Island and Killough Hbr: c.1,100 waders incl. 3 Snipe, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 230 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 180 Lapwing, 95 Ringed Plover, 140 Curlew, 120 Golden Plover, 48 Turnstone and 115 Oycs, also 1 Merlin, 2 White Wagtails, 27 Grey Heron and 7 Little Egrets. Strand Lough: Otter, Kingfisher and juv Spotted Redshank; Sheepland, Ardglass: 1 Merlin (Chris Murphy)
Over 1000 Brent Geese were at Islandhill, Strangford Lough (Gerard McGeehan) with smaller numbers been seen at a number of other locations.
2 adult and 1 juvenile Roseate Terns were at RSPB Belfast WOW reserve (Stuart McKee)
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Ramore Head, Portrush.
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Slaght near Ballymena (David Steele).
As well as the Roseate Terns 45 Bar-tailed Godwit (5 in summer plumage) and an eclipse Wigeon were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon. Yesterday an adult Little Gull was present (Tom Ennis).
In Co. Donegal Five Finger Strand had up to 30 Chough, Malin Town area had 4 Little Egret, Inch Lake had 4 Whooper Swans, 5 Black Swans, 1 Ruff, 1 Little Gull (winter plumage}, and 1 Carrion Crow. (Ken Perry, Peter Robinson, Hill Dick).
Below is a picture of one of the Ruff at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve and thanks to Stuart McKee for the picture of the juvenile Roseate Tern.