N. IRE­LAND

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August -

HIGH­LIGHTS:

Re­ports of pos­si­bly the same White-tailed Ea­gle came from Lough Erne (14th & 31st). Ospreys were at Lough Beg (8th), the Quoile (7th), Roe Es­tu­ary (14th), with two there (24th), over Belfast (17th), at Strand Lough (19th), with two there (24th) and at Lough Erne (24th). Lit­tle Gulls were at Sandy Bay, Larne (7th), Seahill (17th), Bal­ly­cas­tle (24th) and Kil­lough (30th). Med Gulls were reg­u­lar in ev­ery county. A Black Tern was at Belfast Harbour RSPB (from 20th). A Roseate Tern was there (19th), with two (from 23rd). There were 41 Lit­tle Egrets at Mur­lough (20th). Two Lit­tle Stints were at My­roe (7th) and one at Newry Es­tu­ary (27th). Spot­ted Red­shanks were at Bal­ly­carry (22nd) and Belfast Harbour RSPB (29th). Green Sand­pipers were at the River Maine, Co. Antrim (3rd) and Lough Beg (28th), with two at Shaw’s Lake, Co. Ar­magh (5th). Eight Whim­brels were at the Gob­bins, Co. Antrim (8th). Ruff in­cluded seven at Belfast Harbour RSPB (from 14th), with sim­i­lar num­bers at Lough Beg (28th). July’s Wood Sand­piper stayed at Belfast Harbour RSPB (to 4th), with a White-rumped Sand­piper (3rd-10th). In a good year for Curlew Sand­pipers, Bal­lykelly, Co. Lon­don­derry had two (21st & 28th), My­roe two (28th), the Bann Es­tu­ary four (21st), Sandy Bay, Co. Antrim one (26th) and Belfast Harbour RSPB eight (from 25th). Four Gar­ganey were at Lough Beg (20th) and one at Belfast Harbour RSPB (28th). NIRBC-all sight­ings/re­ports can be sent to nibirds@live.co.uk

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