Bird News Saturday 20th September

The adult White-rumped Sandpiper was still at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh. (Garry Armstrong)

Belfast Harbour RSPB reserve has a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Ruff (Wilton Farelly)

Bird News Friday 19th September

The White-rumped Sandpiper is still at Lady's Bay, Lough Neagh up to 1.00p.m. at least. (Fulton Somerville/Thom Shannon/Ruth Maybin).

Tory Island today had a Barred Warbler, Wryneck & Redstart at the east end. Also circa 50 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. (JIm Dowdall).

A Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff and a Water Rail were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Stuart McKee, Gerard McGeehan).

The Lesser Yellowlegs was seen again at Blanketnook, Co Donegal.

Approximately 3000 Brent Geese, a Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk and 3 Buzzard were seen at Strangford Lough. 12 Brent Geese and a Wheatear were on Belfast Lough. ( Christine Cassidy and Lindsay Hodges)

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the Snipe picture and Christine Xassidy for the Wheatear. You can see more pics at


Bird News Thursday 18th September

A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at the east end of Tory Island. Elsewhere the Island had 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock 5 Robins, 200 Meadow Pipits, Collared Dove, 2 Kestrels and a Buzzard (Chris Ingram). A second Red-breasted Flycatcher was found dead in West Town.

The adult White-rumped Sandpiper is still present at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh this morning. (Stuart McKee)

A Great White Egret was with Little Egrets at Dundrum Inner Bay, probably the same seen just over a week ago at the Quoile Pondage (John Lyons)

The adult Fosters Tern is still showing at Soldiers Point, Dundalk (Paul Kelly)

Thanks to Stuart McKee for these pics of the White-rumped Sandpiper:

Bird News Wednesday 17th September

A White-rumped Sandpiper was at Lady Bay, Lough Neagh (BirdGuides/James O'Neill)

A Crane was reported from Florencecourt House in the last few days. (Irish Birding). It was looked for this morning without success although a Great-spotted Woodpecker was seen (Brad Robson)

There were good numbers of waders at Dargan at lunchtime today, inc 3 Spotted Redshank, a Ruff & 2 Whimbrel (Adam McClure)

The Fosters Tern is again frequenting Soldiers Point, Dundalk.

Tory Islabd today had a Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 3 Willow Warblers and a Mistle Thrush. Also a Cuckoo was seen by Anton Meenhan (Chris Ingram).
A Curlew Sandpiper was feeding at Kinnegar Lagoon this afternoon. (Gilly Irwin).

 A Green Sandpiper was at Upperlands Dam, Co Londonderry (David Morrow). 

19 Snipe and a Curlew Sandpiper were at Belfast Harbour Lagoon (Joe Lamont).  

A second-winter Little Gull and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull were at the boat compound at Whitehead (Cameron Moore).

 The Bann estuary had 1 Little Stint and 131 Teal ; Ballykelly, 215 Pale-bellied Brent, 8 Greylag Geese,1 Whooper Swan, 2 Little Egret ; Myroe, 400 Golden Plover. (Hill Dick / Peter Robinson).
Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the picture of a Kestrel in the Antrim Hills and to James O'Neill for the pictures of the White-rumped Sandpiper:



Bird News Tuesday 16th September

3 Manx Shearwaters were over Lough Neagh, viewed from Reedy Flat. (James O'Neill)

A single Swift was over Portmore lough reserve today (Amy Burns)

A Little Gull and Mediteranean Gull were seen in Belfast Lough. 

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for this pic of a flock of Snipe:

Bird News Monday 15th September.

Lough Foyle had 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Med Gull. At Ballykelly were 7 Wheatear, 8 Little Egret and a Ruff (Brad Robson, Matthew Tickner, Gareth Bareham, Anne Guichard and Laura Smith)

Yesterday a flock of Crossbill where at Crocknagrally Forest nr Fivemiletown.(Colin Bell).

Thanks to today's photographers  Ginny McKee, Dick Glasgow and Christine Cassidy

Willow Warbler - Ginny McKee.
Stonechat - Ginny McKee.

 Red Grouse - Dick Glasgow

Red Grouse - Dick Glasgow

Wheatear - Christine Cassidy

Wheatear - Christine Cassidy

Bird News Sunday 14th September

Tory Island had a Barred Warbler, Cuckoo, 5 Willow Warblers, 5 White Wagtail and a Sooty Shearwater (Chris Ingram). A Common Rosefinch and a Pied Flycatcher were also present (Derek Brennan)

A Curlew Sandpiper and 8 Ruff where at RSPB Belfast Harbour reserve.(Jeff Larkin)

St Johns Point Co.Down had a Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua and a Peregrine.(Chris Murphy)

A Little Egret was at Kinnegar shore.(Richard Woods)

Lough Foyle had 450 Brent Geese,3 Little Egret and a Merlin.(Christine Cassidy/Lindsay Hodges.)

Med. Gull - Cameron Moore

Shag - Dave Hill.
Wheatear - Christine Cassidy.

Little Gull - Cameron Moore

Bird News Saturday 13th September

An adult Little Gull was at the old baths Whitehead, Belfast Lough, a Mediterranean Gull was also present. A Red-throated Diver was off shore. (Paul McCullough).

A pair of Raven were over a garden in Comber flying towards Scrabo. (Chris Shaw).

A fall of migrants at Copeland Bird Observatory in misty south-easterlies in the morning included a juvenile Barred Warbler (4th for CBO), 12 Goldcrest, 20 Robin, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Sparrowhawk (Chris Acheson).

The Pectoral Sandpiper was still at RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve this morning.

This morning 3 Red Grouse and a pair of Kestrels were at Llendrum Windfarm, near Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone. (Colin Bell).

Thanks to Paul McCullough for the picture of the Little Gull, to Dick Glasgow for the picture of the Wren, to Ian Jackson for the picture of the Turnstone and to Dessie Loughrey for the picture of the Buzzard.


Bird News Friday 12th September

At Blanketnook, Co Donegal were the Lesser Yellowlegs, at least 6 Curlew Sands and 2+ Ruff (Chris Ingram).

Belfast Harbour Lagoon over the day had the Pectoral Sandpiper. a Curlew Sandpiper, at least 12 Ruff, 75 Bar-tailed Godwit (one in full and 5 in partial summer plumage) and 10 Knot (Stuart McKee, Tom Ennis, Rickie Lort).  

An adult wing-tagged White Tailed Eagle was at Lower Lough Erne Islands RSPB (Brad Robson).

On the Antrim Plateau 50 Goldfinch, 2 Buzzard, a Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Raven were along Star Bog Road (Billy Hamilton).  

75 Pale-bellied Brent flew east at Ballintoy (Derek McIntyre).

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for the picture of a Peregrine with prey and the pictures of a Robin and a Buzzard:



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Film : Superman
Location: Strand Cinema, Belfast
Price: £5
Thursday 18th September
All funds after screen hire go to RSPB NI.
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Bird News Thursday 11th September

A Red Kite was flying over fields beside the A26 dual carriageway around the Crankill Road area between Ballymena and Glaryford junction (Peter McGarvey)

Thanks to Dick Glasgow for this picture of a Kestrel:

Bird News Wednesday 10th September

A Great White Egret was in the bay on the right hand side before the cattle grid on the way down to the Quoile Pondage (Leonard Charles).

Belfast Reserve and Kinnegar Lagoon had the Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, and a number of Dunlin. Dundrum Inner bay at high tide had 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 18 Greenshank, 7 Little Egret, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Ruff, a Wheatear and a Whimbrel. (J Whitla, Hart, Richardson and F Somerville).

The "resident " adult Ring-billed Gull has returned to the East Strand Car Park, Portrush. Also at Portrush there were 3 Purple Sandpipers on the Lansdowne shore. Larrybane had a flock of 20 Twite. (Hill Dick / Peter Robinson).

Thanks to Noeni Bryars for the pictures of the Ringed Plover and the White Wagtail and to Fulton Somerville for the picture of the Little Egret.


Bird News Tuesday 9th September

Two Black Terns were feeding early afternoon in Belfast Lough. The birds were scoped close to Greenisland, looking towards Holywood (Gerard McGeehan)

A juv Hen Harrier was at Lough Beg,19 Ruff at Paddy's Dub and 4 Chiffchaff at Mullagh.(David Steele)

A Curlew Sandpiper, four Ruff and a Reed Warbler were at RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve (Stuart McKee)

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Bird News Monday 8th September

A Curlew Sandpiper and a Ruff were at Whitehouse Lagoon and a Spotted Redshank at Dargan this morning. (Adam McClure)

Inner Dundrum Bay had 6 Greenshank, 6 Little Egret, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Curlew Sandpipers.  St Johns point had 4 White Wagtail (Fulton Sommerville)

30 Ruff, a Knot, 6 Greenshank, a Little Gull and 4 Little Egret were at Lough Beg (Matthew Tickner, Gareth Bareham)

At Lough Beg a juvenile Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and 11 Ruff were at Church Island (David Steele)

Yesterday a Mediterranean Gull was at Newcastle (Leonard Charles)

Thanks to Fulton Sommerville for this pic of a Blackbird, Robin Cunningham for the Whoopers at Inch and Christine Cunningh for the juvenile Moorhen:

Bird News Sunday 7th September

The Pectoral Sandpiper was still at RSPB, Belfast (Chris Murphy) 4 Ruff were also present.

The Lesser Yellowlegs was still at Blanket Nook, Donegal, seen from the pump station. Also 3 Curlew Sandpiper. Also 1 Tundra Bean Goose at Blanket Nook (Keith Bennett)

A Little Gull was at Kinnegar Shore/Pools, also a female Scaup flew past and a Tree Pipit flew over (Birdguides)

Myroe had around 3-4 hundred Golden Plover and a Ruff;  Ballykelly had 11 Greylags and the Bann had 2 Curlew Sandpiper. (Ian Graham)

2 White Wagtail were north of Kearney. (Richard Weyl)

Sandy Bay, Larbe Lough had a White Wagtail and a Sanderling. Glynn lagoon north had 12 Greenshank, a Little Egret and a White Wagtail. 40 Acre Pond near Ballycarry had 7 Little Egret (Ian Enlander)

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The picture below is of a moulting male Peregrine: