The adult Mediterranean Gull was still at East Strand Car Park, Portrush, see picture below. (Colin Guy).
A Common Sandpiper was at the Bog Meadows in Belfast. (Pearse Hall).
Thanks to Wilf Swain for the picture of the Willow Warbler and to Pearse Hall for the picture of the Common Sandpiper.
At Oxford Island this morning several Reed Warblers were showing occasionally in the reed bed around Kinnegoe Hide and a Whooper Swan was off Croaghan Hide. (Garry Armstrong).
Thanks to Thomas Campbell for the pictures of the Sedge Warbler and the Stonechat.
An adult summer plumaged Sanderling was at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve, two summer plumaged Knot were at Kinnegar Pool and yesterday four Whimbrel were at Kinnegar Shore. (Stuart McKee).
Thanks to Stuart for these pictures of the Knot.
Dundrum Inner Bay north had 20 Little Egrets and 3 Greenshank. (Spencer & Joan Marshall).
Nine Little Egrets at the high tide roost at Paton's Marsh in Newtownards. A further nine were seen at the end of the wall past the WWT works. A Wheatear and a Skylark were also seen. There were also three Brent Geese at the marsh. (Angus Kennedy).
A Little Egret was with 30 Grey Heron at Toome Eel Fishery (Sean McGarvey).
Thanks to Lilian Cummings for the picture of the Whitethroat.
Late news yesterday of a Common Crane in a field on the left between Maghera park and ride on
Glenshane Road and Knockloughrim.(Craig Nash).
Also from yesterday... WOW reserve in Belfast had 5 Common Sands. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Med Gull. 4 Yellowhammer and 9 Greenshank where seen on the Ballydrain Rd Co Down.(Gerard McGeehan/Shirley Dunlop)
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A Ruff, Little Egret and 2 Common Sandpipers were at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve this afternoon. (Kevin Kirkham-Brown).
Several Common Sandpipers were at Whitehead. (Michael Latham).
The Forsters Tern was still at Soldiers Point in Co. Louth this morning. (Daniel Newton).
An Osprey was at Lough Beg this evening. (Gary Cunningham)
Reed Warblers were also around Kinnegoe Hide at Oxford Island. (David Hill).
A pale phase Arctic Skua was off the Gobbins this afternoon. (Richard Woods).
Thanks to Stan Davidson for the picture of the Reed Warbler, to Michael Latham for the picture of the Common Sandpiper and to David Hill for the picture of the Sedge Warbler.
A Little Tern was with Common Terns at Lady Bay (Brankin's Island Rd) this afternoon, see pictures below. Also one Dunlin and one Oystercatcher. (Suzanne Belshaw).
The Spotted Redshank, well into moult and looking patchy, was at Bann Estuary; also present 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, 25 Sanderling, 1 Snipe, 39 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Black-tailed Godwits. (Hill Dick/Peter Robinson)
Late news for yesterday was that an Osprey was at the south end of Lough Melvin, Co Leitrim (D Stinson).
Also yesterday 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Belfast Lough RSPB reserve. (Derek Polley)
Thanks to Suzanne Belshaw for the pictures of the Little Tern and to William Smiton for the picture of the Whinchat.
A Ruddy Shelduck (of unknown source) and a juvenile Cuckoo were in the south-west corner of Lough Beg (Jeff Larkin) see Jeff's pics below.
A female Garganey joined the Shelduck this evening at the Beg.(Davy Steele)
A Little Gull was at the Boathouse at Carnfunock this morning (Linda Thompson)
Two Little Egret and two Greenshank were at Kinnegar (Daniel Newton)
Many thanks to Michael Latham for this pic of the Red Kite and to Jason Bain for the Merlin:
Late news for yesterday was that a second summer Mediterranean Gull was at Glenarm (Colin Guy)
An Osprey was seen at Lower Lough Macnean over the weekend (per Brad Robson)
The Ruff was still at Belfast Harbour Lagoon. Also a Reed Warbler was this evening in reed beds to right of roadside hide (Stuart McKee)
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A Grasshopper Warbler was at Capanagh, see picture below. (Linda Thompson).
The Spotted Redshank was still at the Barmouth, a Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 90 Bar-tailed Godwit and 20 Dunlin were also present. (Gerard McGeehan, Shirley Dunlop & Carol Gillespie).
3 Whimbrel and 232 Curlew were at Green Island, Dundrum Inner Bay North (Stuart McKee).
Thanks to Stuart McKee for the first Ruff picture, to Michael Latham for the second Ruff picture, to Linda Thompson for the Grasshopper Warbler picture and to William Smiton for the picture of the male Sparrowhawk.
A Red Kite was hunting over a cut hay field on the road to the spa across from the golf course Ballynahinch (Marty Rooney)
Our thanks to Thomas Campbell for the pic of a male Whinchat.
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Thanks to Linda Thompson for this pic of a Whinchat from the Antrim Hills:
10 Little Egrets were at Pattons Mash, Newtownards this afternoon (Philip Watson)
A Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Crossbills and numerous Jay were at Crocknagrally Forest near Fivemiletown today. (Colin Bell).
Two Red Kites were hunting over a cut hay field at Riverside Road in Ballynahinch (Marty Rooney).
An Osprey was at Lough Beg this evening (first sighting for a few weeks) also five male Ruff (in various states of summer plumage) in the southwest corner, plus a Greenshank and Common Sandpiper also seen. (David Steele)
The sum.plum. Spotted Redshank was still on show at the Bann Estuary.(David Hill) see pic below.